June 30, 2016

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County nets more than $1M from state’s casinos

Medina County’s share of casino tax revenues has totaled more than $1.4 million this year with one more payment to come.

The county received a check for $542,064 on July 31.

The state’s casino laws call for Ohio’s 88 counties to split 51 percent of the revenue from gross casino taxes proportionately, based on the population of each county, on a quarterly basis.

Medina County has received five checks of increasing amounts since July 2012, totaling more than $1,879,000.

This marks the first quarter that all four casinos — in Columbus, Cincinnati, Cleveland and Toledo — have been open.

Medina received $482,903 in May and $401,197 in January.

The last payment of the year is due in October.

Last year — when the first casinos opened — the county received a total of $453.108.

Last month, in a discussion about the county’s capital improvement projects, county Finance Director Scott Miller said the state projected $2.63 million in casino revenue for the county, but county commissioners budgeted conservatively at $2.3 million.

County Administrator Chris Jakab said the county has set aside $1 million of those funds for capital improvements, including $275,000 to stabilize and repair the courthouse clock tower.

Under the law, 34 percent of casino tax revenues go to the state’s schools and so far Medina County’s three largest school districts, in the cities of Brunswick, Medina and Wadsworth, have received more than $1.5 million. Brunswick has received $349,800; Medina, $337,400; and Wadsworth, $216,900, since last year.
Contact reporter Dan Pompili at (330) 721-4012 or dpompili@medina-gazette.com.