Important Facts About the Proposed Catawba Casino

  • It is not a done deal
  • Citizens do not get to vote on the casino
  • Local opposition is important
  • Opposition by city and county officials matters
    • KM City Council and Cleveland County Board of Commissioners signed letters of support for the casino application on behalf of the citizens
    • Two City Councilmen have publically voiced their opposition to the proposed casino: Keith Miller and Tommy Hawkins.
  • March 13, 2019, Sen. Lindsey Graham introduced a bill, co-sponsored by Sen. Tillis and Sen. Burr, that would pave the way for the S.C. based Catawba Indian Tribe to acquire land in Kings Mountain, NC. Read more about S. 790 here. 
  • The proposed location is I-85 and Dixon School Road

The Rest Of The Casino Story:  Is This Who We Are?

False Hopes of Economic Boom


The “Why Casinos Matter” report examines the economic impact of casinos on communities, which are often “sold” on the casino by the promise of economic gain. “The benefits of casinos are short-term and easy to measure while many of their costs are longer-term and harder to measure,” the report states.

“Evidence suggests that the opening of a new regional casino may offer an economic stimulus to distressed communities, but the stimulus fades over time, as the presence of a casino drives out established local businesses and attracts other gambling-linked businesses, such as payday lenders, pawn shops, auto title lenders, and check cashing stores.”


~ “Why Casinos Matter: 31 Propositions From the Health and Social Sciences,” was released on September 17 2013 by the Council on Casinos, an independent group of scholars and public policy experts. Unlike other U.S. gambling studies, which are primarily funded by the gambling industry, the “Why Casinos Matter” report “relied primarily on independent research … not funded or controlled by the gambling industry.” 

Increased Crime


Polls show that most Americans assume an association between gambling and increased criminal activity. The gambling industry offers hearty denials and various statistical manipulations attempting to counter this perception. Data from gambling communities across the country, however, indicates that gambling does indeed foster a significant increase in crime.


  • U.S. News and World Report did a comparison of crime rates in cities with gambling versus those that do not. The crime rates were significantly higher in the places that allowed gambling "America's Gambling Fever," op.cit., p. 58  
  • The San Jose, California, police department reported significant increases in crime in the vicinity of a new casino in the year after its opening. Narcotics offenses increased by 200 percent, property crimes by 83 percent, petty thefts by 56 percent, auto thefts by 21 percent, and traffic accidents by 55 percent in a single year. ~ Louis A. Cobarruviaz, City of San Jose Memorandum from the Chief of Police to the Mayor and City Council, October 27, 1995. 
  • The Mississippi Gulf Coast experienced a 43 percent increase in crime in the four years after casinos arrived. Harrison County, where most of the Gulf Coast casinos are located, witnessed a 58 percent increase in total crimes between 1993 and 1996 ~Robert Waterbury, "1996 Mississippi Coast Crime Statistics," Mississippi Coast Crime Commission, May 1997. 
  • Ledyard was a small, quiet rural town of 15,000 in the 1980's. By the 1990's Ledyard had become host to the world's largest casino and had the fifth highest crime rate in CT.
  • The annual number of calls to the Ledyard, Connecticut police department jumped from 4,000 to 16,700 within five years after the opening of the nearby Foxwoods Casino. ~Mayor Wesley J. Johnson, Sr., "Fiscal Impacts of Foxwoods Casino on the Town of Ledyard, Connecticut," April 1997 
  • Casinos attract drugs and prostitution. I witnessed all of these ills firsthand in CT. In the late 90's the Ledyard tax collector, an upstanding middle-aged woman, embezzled $300,000 from the town's coffers and lost it all at the slots before she was caught. Embezzlements happened in the Sprague town hall, the Stonington town hall, a local auto dealer, and a local lawyer's office. With a casino nearby, it became too convenient for some people to go daily before or after work (sometimes both) to gamble away their (and sometimes other people's) money. --Elaine Bono, Ledyard (CT) Planning Commission 1985 to 2001

Increased Gambling Addiction & Negative Social Impact


Propositions number 3 through 14 in 'Why Casinos Matter"


3. The new American casino is primarily a facility filled with modern slot machines.

4. A modern slot machine is a sophisticated computer, engineered to create fast, continuous, and repeat betting. 

5. Modern slot machines are carefully designed to ensure that the longer you play, the more you lose. 

6. Modern slot machines are highly addictive. 

7. Modern slot machines are engineered to make players lose track of time and money. 

8. Casinos depend on problem gamblers for their revenue base.

9. Living close to a casino increases the chance of becoming a problem gambler. 

10. Problem gambling is more widespread than many casino industry leaders claim. 

11. Problem gambling affects families and communities as well as individuals.

12. Young people are viewed as the future of casino gambling.

13. Working in a casino appears to increase workers’ chances of having gambling problems.

14. Working in a casino appears to increase workers’ chances of having health problems. 


Top Reasons Why Casinos Are A Bad Idea.


False hope of economic boom


Increased Gambling Addiction


Increased crime


Negative Social Impact


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