Amador County rejects deal with tribe that seeks casino

Jackson, California (AP) 3-08

Amador County supervisors have rejected a financial agreement with a tiny Indian tribe that wants to build a casino near Ione.

The supervisors deadlocked on a 2-2 vote. The tie blocks a compromise that would have allowed the county to continue fighting the casino in court.

The fifth supervisor abstained because his extended family owns land near the proposed casino.

The Buena Vista Rancheria of Me-Wuk had offered to pay the county $18 million plus an additional $8 million annually. The money would have compensated the county for police and fire services, as well as traffic and water improvements.

The stalemate triggers arbitration that could mean the county will get millions of dollars less in compensation.

The county’s federal lawsuit alleges the casino site is not a legal Indian reservation.