Supervisors Take Stand Against Choctaw Casino

Jackson County supervisors are echoing a November 6th public vote, going on record against Choctaw gaming in their county.

"If this ever comes before the governor, this is the official stance of this Jackson County Board of Supervisors," District 5 Supervisor John McKay said.

A 3 to 1 voice vote sealed their opposition, even though their opinion carries no legal weight. District 4 Supervisor Frank Leach wonders how the board could vote on a resolution, without having it on paper.

"There is no resolution! We're not voting on a resolution. Put it on the table, and then we'll vote on the resolution Mr Broussard. You know there is not a document here!" Leach said.

Leach once again sounded-off against fellow supervisors, accusing them of trying to influence voters before the election.

"You have done nothing to support being against this from the get-go, now Mr. McKay wants to get it behind him. I will say, once and for all, I hope you do get a little mud on you Mr. McKay, dealing with pigs like me," Leach says.

Supervisor McKay says he played fair throughout the process, and hopes this resolution reaffirms what 60 percent of Jackson County voters decided earlier this month.

"I told the Chief it was his job to get this passed, and I would treat him like any other industry in Jackson County when and if it was ever passed," McKay said.

While voters and county supervisors have made their opposition clear, the Choctaws have said opinions of Jackson County voters and leaders will not stop their project.

Board Attorneys say a document is not necessary to make the supervisor's opinion official, since both a motion and a resolution are non-binding.

In order for the Choctaws to build the casino, they must receive a permit from the U.S. Department of Indian affairs and negotiate a compact with the Mississippi governor.

By Keli Rabon