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SAN DIEGO-As a new Las Vegas-style casino opens in North San Diego County, county officials have released a report showing that Indian casinos are bringing both economic benefits and concerns about traffic, water and growth.

County administrators released the 300-page report after more than a year of preparation. The update to a less comprehensive study released in 2000 provides an overview casino and other tribal development impacts. Five casinos and other Indian projects have opened since that first report, transforming the county into the nation’s fastest-growing region for Indian gaming.

A $125 million Harrah’s hotel-casino is opening today on the Rincon reservation and four of the county’s nine casinos are expanding.

The draft is available to the public through Sept. 27, after which a final version will be presented to county supervisors. Tribes criticized the 2000 report as unfair, prompting the report’s authors to provide detailed information about each of the county’s 18 reservations.

The report says the positive economic effects include 12,000 jobs with a combined annual payroll of $270 million. Venders are taking in more than $273 million. The report also analyzes downsides, topped by traffic. Casino-related road-improvement costs may total $144 million.

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