Spokane City Council votes to change stance on proposed casino

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane City Council voted 4 to 3 Monday to do away with their 2012 decision that opposed a new casino development in Airway Heights. 

That vote now moves the council's stance from opposition to neutral. 

The Spokane Tribe Economic Project is currently under review by the secretary of the interior. 

There are concerns the development would negatively impact the future of Fairchild Air Force Base, but the Spokane Tribe says it needs the development to create jobs for tribal members. They say the jobs will allow tribal members to become self-sufficient and eliminate the need for government grants.

A spokeswoman for the tribe says they're glad the city has reversed its position. 

"I felt it was premature," said Carol Evans, vice chair of Spokane Tribe Business Council. "I'm not sure why they chose to make their decision at that time, and I'm glad that they're reconsidering it now."

Opponents of the development say it establishes Spokane as a gambling destination, endangers Fairchild Air Force Base's long term viability and would take money from local business.