GREEN, Ohio - Voters in Green will have the chance to become the first local community in northeast Ohio to prohibit gaming in their city this November.
A group of citizens successfully gained enough signatures in a petition gathered over the summer to place Issue 18 on the November ballot.
The proposed charter amendment states: "Casino gaming, horseracing, scheme of chance, game of chance or gambling device shall not be allowed or operated in the City of Green, except for non-profit charitable purposes as authorized under Ohio law or Green City Ordinances. Nothing in this provision shall be construed to nullify the provisions of the Ohio Constitution Article 15, Section 6."
The group behind the petition, Concerned Citizens Against Casinos, began action back in the spring when Rock Ohio Caesars and Caesars Entertainment were scoping out possible locations for moving Thistledown racetrack (soon to be racino) to the area.
Rock Ohio Caesars has since announced that Thistledown will not be moving to Summit County, however, the city of Green is still going forth with the proposed charter amendment in November.
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