Meigs to receive $71k from casino tax payment

Last updated: January 17. 2014 9:05PM - 1429 Views
Sarah Hawley shawley@civitasmedia.com

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OHIO VALLEY — Gallia and Meigs counties will soon see a boost in funds, as all 88 Ohio counties are set to receive payments from the casino revenue tax later this month.

While payments are down slightly from the previous two, Gallia County will receive $93,187.83, while Meigs County will receive $71,596.36. In Oct. 2013, Gallia County received $95,294.41 and Meigs County received $73,214.85.

Payments had increased each quarter from July 2012 until July 2013, with a slight decline in October 2013. The payment scheduled for Jan. 31, 2014, will be the seventh payment to the counties from the casino revenue tax fund.

Meigs County received a total of $267,277.38 in the 2013 calendar year. Gallia County’s four payments in 2013 totaled $348,225.30. The initial payment received by the counties in July 2012 was approximately 3.5 times less than the current payments.

Money distributed to the counties is not earmarked by the state for a specific purpose and is placed into the general fund.

Cuyahoga County will receive the largest amount at $1.92 million, and Vinton County will receive the least at $40,175.64. Funding is determined by population.

Meigs County’s population is listed as 23,593, while Gallia County has a population of 30,708. Population figures are from the 2012 census date provided by the Ohio Department of Taxation.

Payments are also made to school districts in Ohio on a semi-annual basis. These payments began Jan. 31, 2013. The second payment was made on Aug. 31. Payments continue in January and August of each year. Payments were not made to school districts in 2012.

In January, Gallia County Schools received the largest payment at $58,278.16. Gallipolis City Schools received a payment of $56,905.05. Meigs Local School District received $46,684.85. Eastern Local School District received $20,254.48, while Southern Local received a payment of $18,716.83.

Payments to the counties are based on population, and payments to the districts are based on enrollment.

The Casino Tax Revenue is a result of the constitutional amendment passed in 2009 which allowed for the four casinos to be placed in Ohio.

According to the Ohio Department of Taxation website, the Ohio Casino Control Commission is responsible for licensing and regulating casino operators, their employees, and gaming-related vendors. The Ohio Department of Taxation is responsible for administering the gross casino revenue tax and for ensuring compliance with all pertinent state tax laws, as well as administrative rules and policies as they apply to other taxes administered by the Department of Taxation.

The gross casino revenue tax is imposed on licensed casino operators at the rate of 33 percent. “Gross casino revenue” is the total amount of money exchanged for tokens, chips and tickets at a casino facility, less any winnings paid out to wagerers.

The operators of each casino facility are required to file daily returns with the Department and to remit payments for the related tax liabilities every day that banks are open for business. Each return reflects casino gaming activity over a 24-hour period.

The tax revenue collected from the gross casino revenue tax is split among seven funds benefiting the counties and certain large cities, school districts, host cities, the Casino Control Commission, the Ohio State Racing Commission, law enforcement training and problem gambling and addictions. Distributions to localities occur on a quarterly basis, except for school districts, which will receive their distributions semi-annually.

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