Ohio schools: casino taxes don't make up for cuts

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Associated Press

Posted on February 4, 2013 at 9:05 AM

Updated Monday, Feb 4 at 9:05 AM

CLEVELAND (AP) — Ohio school districts are happy to get their share of casino taxes, but say it won't make up for cuts in state aid.

The state has passed out more than $111 million in casino taxes, mostly to counties, cities and school districts, since the first Ohio casinos opened last year.

According to The Cleveland Plain Dealer (bit.ly/WlA5SO), the latest casino tax distributions went out during the past week.

In suburban Cleveland, Berea (buh-REE'-uh) school officials will use their first check for $142,512 for general operating expenses.

Interim Berea school treasurer Dale Cummins says declining property values and the state's decision to cut reimbursement for phased-out business taxes have cost the district $2.5 million this fiscal year. She says the casino money "doesn't even begin to cover the reductions."

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Information from: The Plain Dealer, http://www.cleveland.com

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