GREAT BARRINGTON — A petition for a vote on whether to allow a return to horse racing has received nearly 500 signatures — more than enough to force a special town meeting on the matter.

The Berkshire Eagle reports, the home rule petition, which began circulating on Oct. 12, by Citizens Concerned about GB Horseracing, required 300 signatures to make a special town meeting possible, and one whose outcome would be legally binding. As of Monday, the petition had received 471 signatures.

The Select Board now has 45 days from Oct. 31, the day the petition was submitted Town Hall, to schedule the meeting, which will cost around $3,000 or $4,000.

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