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Linn County Casino vote set for March 5th

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

A full board room looked on as casino supporters and opponents made a final push Friday to sway supervisors on a referendum date.

Ultimately, at a special meeting, Linn County Supervisors set a vote for March 5, saying they are required to act promptly on behalf of the more than 15-thousand residents asking for a vote.

"We're compelled to have the election at the earliest possible date based on verifying all these petitioners signatures, and they've met every legal requirement," said supervisor Brent Oleson.

Both campaigns are heating up.

"Vote Yes Linn County" aired its first TV ad this week.

Meanwhile, the "Just Say No Casino" coalition posted ads on local media websites.

Few specifics have been made public about the proposed $80 to $100 million casino.

Casino investors say more details are coming.

"We've been very singular in this to take one step at a time so that we first got the petition, second the referendum, and then design, location, and all those other things that will be involved," said one of the project's investors, Drew Skogman.

The no campaign says the lack of information is a problem.

"Our job is to get the facts out on how a casino works on the economy, and now we have five weeks for the voters in Cedar Rapids to become well informed," said Michael Richards, a casino opponent.

The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission would still have to approve a casino license if Linn County voters pass the referendum.

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