Ohio casinos have generated $1B in tax revenue, agency says


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s casinos have generated more than $1 billion in tax revenue since the first one opened in 2012, and just over half that money has gone to cities and counties.

The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/29wbT9K ) reports the casinos in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus and Toledo pay one-third of their gross revenue in taxes to the state, which distributes it.

New figures from the Ohio Casino Control Commission show about $538 million went to cities and counties. Ohio schools got nearly $359 million, or just over one-third of the tax revenue.

Each host city has received $52.7 million. The casino commission, the Ohio State Racing Commission, a fund to address problem gambling and a law enforcement fund all received smaller amounts.

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Casino tax distributions: http://www.tax.ohio.gov/government/Casino.aspx

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com

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