Over one million dollars has already been put into the application process for an off site Indian casino in Beloit. City manager Larry Arft doesn't plan on letting that money go to waste. He spent much of his recent visit in Washington discussing the Ho-Chunk nations claim that they have ancestral ties to the area, and therefore no one else should be allowed to build a casino in Beloit.
Arft says the issue is a relatively small one, and the decision hasn't been made whether or not the application will go ahead to Washington D.C. before the issue is resolved. The application process will take roughly two months in Washington. The proposal would then go to Gov. Doyle.
Doyle has not yet taken a position on the casino, but has publicly said he would review the proposal. There is also legislation currently being prepared to limit or stop off site gaming casinos. Arft says only the old laws will be applicable to Beloit’s proposed casino.