The members of the Rotary Club of Surrey at their Dec. 4 meeting had a majority vote to support Gateway Casinos and Entertainment Limited in their proposal for an entertainment centre in South Surrey.
We are cognizant of the pros and cons of the proposal. However, when we weigh the outcomes we feel that this project will be a net benefit to our community in providing many good jobs, both during construction and later when in full operation.
It is hoped that the development of the casino will provide stability of property taxes, as well as net tax benefit to the city for a number of years.
We will also have the added capacity to increase opportunities for more convention/meeting and entertainment packages in the City of Surrey for the greater benefit of our citizens and we will be able to spend our entertainment dollars in our city instead of in another community.
Dick Wareham, secretary
The Rotary Club of Surrey