A bill is currently being discussed in the Virginia House, which proposes the construction of a casino complex in Fairfax County. State Sen. Dave Marsden is the sponsor of the bill, which calls for a referendum to be voted on by the residents of the county. If approved, the development of a casino in Tyson’s Corner will be permitted, along with a conference center and entertainment facilities for events such as concerts.
Initially, the proposal suggested locating the casino in Reston, but it faced opposition from the Reston Citizens Association. Opponents of the plan gathered outside the Fairfax County Government Center earlier this month to voice their concerns, stating that the proposed development goes against the area’s planning principles.
The debate over the proposal has intensified, with opponents expressing further worries. Jeff McKay, the chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, criticized the proposal in an interview with DC News Now. He claimed that there were limited discussions with stakeholders, including the Fairfax County board, prior to the introduction of the bill.
McKay also highlighted that there was insufficient time for any changes to be made, as he only saw the proposal a day before it was introduced. He noted a lack of formal engagement with him regarding the proposal.
McKay expressed skepticism about the potential proceeds from the casino, stating that a 25% tax revenue would be applicable. He estimated that the county would only benefit from $50 million if the casino generated $200 million, which he believes is not worth it considering the potential problems a casino may bring to the area.
Concerns voiced by opponents of the idea include the potential for an increase in criminal activities and the impact of increased traffic on other businesses in the area. Overall, the proposal for a casino in Fairfax County has sparked significant debate and opposition from various stakeholders.