Casino Project Moves One Step Closer to Reality in Elk Grove

ELK GROVE -- At its Wednesday night meeting, the Elk Grove City Council voted unanimously in favor of a memorandum of understanding (MOA) between the city and the Wilton Rancheria Indian Tribe related to a hotel-casino project.

The MOA is a financial agreement, under which the Tribe will commit $130 million to the city over the next 20 years if the casino is built.

“That’s $36-plus million to police services, $56 million to the general fund, $12 million to roadway maintenance, $10 million to the school district, $2 million to nonprofits and $14 million of non-recurring payments which include $2 million for a community project that (the city has) discretion over,” explained tribal chair Raymond C. Hitchcock.

The city does not have the authority to approve or deny the project itself. That process involves state government and the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and will likely take years.

The project would be adjacent to the unfinished Outlet Collection shopping center off Highway 99.