Iowa mayor to abstain from voting on casino issues

Published On: Dec 18 2012 02:56:28 PM CST

The mayor of Sioux City says he won't vote on any gambling-related issues as the city considers a new casino.

The Sioux City Journal reports Mayor Bob Scott announced his decision Monday during a City Council meeting. He says it is in response to speculation that he has a financial stake in the development of a new casino. He would not elaborate.

The newspaper reports Scott then abstained from a council vote on a public hearing date to extend a lease for the Argosy Casino riverboat. It's set for Jan. 28

Three developers have proposed land-based casinos that will eventually replace Argosy. The Iowa Racing & Gaming Commission will name the winning proposal in April.