Town of Tiverton approves casino ballot question

TIVERTON, R.I. (WPRI) — The Board of Elections declared that voters in Tiverton officially approved the proposal to bring a Twin River casino into their town.

Locally, the project passed based by 366 votes including mail-in ballots. 

This approval, along with the state’s, allows for a hotel and casino off Route 24 near the Fall River border.

Twin River Chairman John Taylor said that the work will begin on the casino and hotel right away.

“In competitive markets, convenience is a critical driver of success,” said Taylor.

The casino will feature 1,000 slot machines and 30 table games, and the hotel will have 80 rooms.

Taylor also said it took input from Tiverton citizens seriously. “So there’s no tower, there’ll be no signage on route 24 that says there’s a casino here, there will be no neon signs in the community. We really listened to what the residents told us.”

Up to 600 jobs and $4 million a year will be brought into the town, according to Taylor.

Despite the voter consensus, Cameron Ramsay is still against the casino.

As No Tiverton Casino Group Organizer, he said, “right now that vote looks a little too close to call to see if it will have the credibility for Wednesday. Looks like there’s been some irregularities with the mail-ins and Wednesday we’ll find out the rest.”

Ramsay would not say whether he was asking for a recount.

The casino is to open in July of 2018, Taylor said that Newport Grand will close at that time.