Casino tax revenue up for tri-county area, but just barely
Quarterly casino-tax revenues for Ohio’s counties and eight major cities, including Youngstown, have risen slightly after three consecutive quarters of decline.
In this month’s distribution, Youngstown and Mahoning County will each get $351,454, compared to the $341,549 they each got in April.
Trumbull County is getting $620,474, compared to $602,987 in April. The figures for Columbiana County are $318,268 and $309,298, respectively.
“The fact that it went up $10,000 is negligible, when you’re talking about a county that has a $300 million budget,” said David Ditzler, chairman of the Mahoning County commissioners, referring to the total budget of his county.
He added, however, “I’m hopeful that it would continue to move in that direction.”
Ditzler also observed: “All those numbers are under what was anticipated” by casino operators when they advocated that voters authorize casinos in Ohio.
'We're happy with consistency, rather than anticipating any large growth patterns over the next few years,' said Mike Halleck, Columbiana County commissioner. There, he said, county officials estimate casino tax revenue will remain consistent at about $1.2 million a year.
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