Connecticut | Litigation

Town hails ruling in taxes on Mashantucket Tribe slot machines

The town of Ledyard, Connecticut, is celebrating after the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that slot machines leased by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation can be taxed.

The town imposes property taxes on two non-Indian vendors that provide slot machines at Foxwoods Resort Casino. The court ruled that the tax wasn't prohibited by the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act or tribal sovereignty.

“With this decision, the Town of Ledyard will be able to collect taxes that are critically important to providing government services, including those that result from being a host community for the Foxwoods casino,” Ledyard Mayor John Rodolico said in a statement, The New London Day reported.

The town spent more than $900,000 on the case, the paper said. That far outweighs the annual property taxes imposed on the two vendors, estimated at $20,000 per year by the 2nd Circuit.

Get the Story:
NY court rejects Conn. Indian casino tax lawsuit (AP 7/15)
Victory for Ledyard in slot machine tax case (The New London Day 7/16)
Casinos' slots 'win' down significantly in June (The New London Day 7/16)

2nd Circuit Decision:
Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation v. Ledyard (July 15, 2013)

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