Akron and Summit County are already reaping the tax rewards from the casino tax for the state's two casinos in Cleveland and Toledo. The city and county are getting an initial check for $235,000 each. Summit County Budget Director Brian Nelson tells AkronNewsNow more will be on the way this year.
" For 2012 we had projected just over $700,000 in casino revenue. Based on this essentially first half quarter settlement that we got I think we're clearly in line to make those estimates."
Nelson says Summit County will deposit the casino tax windfall into its general fund to offset some of the losses from state budget reductions over the past couple of years.
He says there was never any question as to where the money would go, and he says it will help Summit County to make up for a portion of the local government fund losses.