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Local Gambling Funds Continue to Help Education Needs in Budget

April 9th, 2019 by WCBC Radio

With the budget process now in full swing, Allegany County will once again get a boost from gaming activities. County Finance Director Jason Bennett says that the county monitors paper gaming and is responsible for what is commonly known as “tip jars”- policing and taxing that activity. Those funds are earmarked for the Board of Education as well as the 26 fire companies in the county. In all, tip jars generate about $360,000 a year for those entities.  Bennett said the county also receives 3.75 percent of the electronic slot machine revenue at Rocky Gap Casino Resort. He said a 15-member council decides where the money goes. The total has been roughly $2.3 million in recent years with a large amount of that going to both the public school system as well as higher education…

One Response to “Local Gambling Funds Continue to Help Education Needs in Budget”

  1. April 09, 2019 at 8:38 am, Bob said:

    Much of the money goes to ACM which, I thought, was not considered part of the public school system and cannot, by any stretch of the imagination, be considered “higher education”.

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