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Volunteer Fire Gaming Could Be Impacted By Casino

June 18th, 2013 by WCBC Radio

Business has been brisk thus far for the new Rocky Gap casino- and while that is mostly good news for the local economy- it also could create a mean a major fiscal hit for local volunteer fire and rescue companies. The Rocky Gap Casino’s impact on Allegany County’s already declining paper gaming revenues has been a concern since the license was approved last year- and that concern is only growing now that the casino is open for business. Clarence Broadwater, president of the Allegany-Garrett Counties Volunteer Fire & Rescue Association,  expressed concerns about whether residents will now take their gaming money to the casino, rather than the the county-regulated games offered in taverns, liquor stores and other venues. Broadwater asked county commissioners if they had a plan for making sure the fire companies were financially supported if paper gaming revenues were affected…

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