January 29, 2024 3 min read


Debate for Fairfax County Casino Proposal Intensifies

The chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors criticized a bill proposing the development of a casino in Tyson's Corner

A recent bill is making its way through the House in Virginia, calling for the development of a casino complex in Fairfax County. The proposal is sponsored by State Sen. Dave Marsden and asks for residents of the county to vote on a referendum, which if approved, will permit the development of a casino in Tyson’s Corner. Besides a casino, the structure may also include a conference center as well as entertainment facilities which can be used for different events such as concerts.

Initially, the proposal called for the casino to be located in Reston. However, it faced strong opposition from the Reston Citizens Association. In fact, earlier this month, a group of opponents against the proposed casino plan for Reston gathered outside Fairfax County Government Center and placed signs. Moreover, they voiced their concerns that the proposed development is against the area’s planning principles, media reports revealed at the time.

Now, the debate regarding the proposal continues to intensify with opponents voicing further concerns. Jeff McKay, the chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, who was interviewed by DC News Now, criticized the proposal. He outlined that prior to the introduction of the bill, there were limited discussions with stakeholders, including the Fairfax County board.

Moreover, McKay said that he was able to see the proposal only a day before it was introduced, leaving insufficient time for any changes. He explained: “None of those groups have come formally, sat down with me and said, ‘Hey, here’s what we’re proposing. This is what our bill looks like. Will Fairfax County engage in conversations with us?”

A Casino May Bring More Problems Than Benefits

When it comes to the proceeds from a potential casino in Tyson’s Corner, McKay was also skeptical. He revealed that where casinos are available, usually, a 25% tax revenue is applicable. According to McKay, this tax rate is “not a good deal for the people of Fairfax County.”

He estimated that the county would benefit from $50 million if the casino in the area makes $200 million. The chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors said that this revenue is not worth it, especially considering the potential problems a casino may bring to the area.

Opponents of the idea have also voiced their concerns, highlighting that a casino may result in an uptick in criminal activities. Others warned that a casino in Fairfax County may result in increased traffic and impact other businesses in the area.


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