Highlights of the host community agreement between the town of Milford and Crossroads Massachusetts LLC, the company behind the Foxwoods Massachusetts casino proposal.
■ A total of nearly $33.2 million to be paid during the construction period through the fourth anniversary after opening, to pay for increased personnel and equipment in the police and fire departments, a fund to compensate nearby residents for loss of home value, and the bulk to be put into a community development fund.
■ Projected annual payments of $31 million. This includes no less than $25 million in annual property tax payments and approximately $6 million for salaries and benefits for additional police officers and firefighters, police and fire equipment, general administrative services in town government,and to the school district. The town may also receive an additional $4 million if the casino’s total annual gross gaming revenues reach $1 billion.
■ Temporary: Foxwoods will “use its best efforts” to create no fewer than 3,000 construction jobs.
■ Permanent: At opening, Foxwoods would “use its best efforts” to employ no fewer than 3,500 people, with no fewer than 3,000 in full-time positions.
Foxwoods would provide Milford residents the first opportunity to learn about and apply for positions, and provide a recruitment program in partnership with the Massachusetts Casino Careers Training Institute.
Foxwoods will “use its best efforts” to hire 95 percent of its workforce from Milford or from within a 50-mile radius of Town Hall.
■ At least $50 million of Foxwoods’ annual biddable goods and services will be purchased from local vendors.
Foxwoods will purchase $50,000 a year in vouchers or gift certificates from businesses in Milford but not on the casino property.
Foxwoods will contribute $10,000 a year to promote local business, as directed by the Board of Selectmen.
■ Foxwoods will contribute $20,000 a year to fund local arts and entertainment organizations, including the Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra, Greater Milford Community Chorus, Milford Performing Arts Center, and the town’s Cultural Council.
■ Foxwoods will pay $100,000 to defray costs of the town’s membership in — and expanded service for — the MetroWest Regional Transit Authority, including service to the project and within Milford.
■ Foxwoods will do a number of things to address problem gambling, including special training for its employees; posting signs in English and Spanish with a toll-free number for the Problem Gamblers Help Line; adhering to self-limit or exclusion policies; and instituting public health strategies determined by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.
■ Foxwoods expects to spend $120 million to add traffic lanes to Interstate 495 and an additional $300,000 a year post-construction to monitor traffic issues. Foxwoods will fund all on- and off-site traffic mitigation measures, including providing a connection between Interstate 495 to Route 16, and traffic improvements at seven local intersections.
■ Foxwoods will spend an estimated $3 million to improve the town’s water production and distribution system, and will implement an aggressive on-site water conservation program. Improvements include upgrades to existing production systems to increase water capacity by 135 percent of the project’s demand.
■ Foxwoods will spend an estimated $5 million to fully fund improvements to the town’s sewer collection and treatment systems, including extending public sewer to Milford residents east of Interstate 495, installing two pumping stations, and post-construction monitoring.
Source: Host Community Agreement