Santa Barbara County Supervisors have decided not to appeal a federal decision allowing the Chumash tribe to expand its federal administered land holdings in the Santa Ynez Valley.
The tribe says it wants to build a Chumash museum on 6.9 acres of land it owns near its casino. It’s applied to the federal government to have the land fall under federal jurisdiction, like the casino site, which means the county would have no say on planning issues, and would no longer be eligible to collect property taxes for the property.
Opponents say the county should have a say in how the land is developed, and fear instead of a museum, the land may ultimately be used for casino related purposes.
KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports hundreds of people were on hand in Santa Maria for the debate, and close decision about the issue.
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