Virginia: Petersburg moves a step closer to November casino referendum

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Virginia: Petersburg moves a step closer to November casino referendum

Article brief provided by Petersburg Progress-Index
  • Bill Atkinson, Petersburg Progress-Index
July 10, 2024 8:08 PM
  • Bill Atkinson, Petersburg Progress-Index

The state Lottery Department has approved Petersburg’s paperwork to host a casino, so now the only left between now and a November vote is a judge’s approval for the referendum.

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In a July 9 letter to City Manager March Altman and City Attorney Tony Williams, the Lottery Department – which oversees casino operations in Virginia – said it was certifying Petersburg as a casino host city and granting permission “to proceed to the local referendum.” Should the Petersburg Circuit Court agree, then that referendum would be held during the Nov. 5 general election.

City Council has scheduled a special meeting for 8:30 a.m. Monday to officially adopt a resolution asking for the referendum’s approval.