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.

The County Distribution Report from the Ohio Department of Taxation on July 6 showed Darke County received $149,369.74 for the period April 1 – June 30.

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.