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GROSS CASINO REVENUE: Quarterly Distributions and Year to Date, Fiscal Year 2021

The first Ohio casinos opened in May 2012 in Cleveland and Toledo, followed by the opening of the Columbus facility in October 2012.  Operations began in Cincinnati in March 2013. Each casino is required to file and remit taxes to the state of Ohio daily.  Revenue accumulates in the Casino Tax Revenue Fund; payments are made by the Ohio Department of Taxation at the end of a calendar quarter. Pursuant to the funding shares prescribed by Ohio Revised Code section 5753.03(D); money is transferred from the Ohio Casino Tax Revenue Fund into the separate funds shown:


Gross Casino Revenue Host City Fund


Gross Casino Revenue County Student Fund


Gross Casino Revenue County Fund


Casino Control Commission Fund - one percent (1%) of the amount deposited into this fund is subsequently transferred to the Casino Tax Administration Fund.


Ohio State Racing Commission Fund


Law Enforcement Training Fund (Ohio Attorney General’s Office) - eighty-five percent (85%) of the amount deposited is subsequently transferred into the Police Officer Training Academy Fund; and fifteen percent (15%) is transferred into the Criminal Justice Services Casino Tax Revenue Fund


Problem Gambling & Addictions Fund (Alcohol and Drug Addictions Services)

As an overall summary, table GCRQ2-1 shows Ohio’s gross casino revenue tax deposits for fiscal year 2021 (FY21), occurring in July and October 2020. In the latest quarter approximately $78.2 million was allocated to seven separate funds.

Table GCRQ2-2 shows the distributions made from the county fund to each county.  Distributions from the county fund are based upon each county’s proportionate share of population. Furthermore, the most populated city located in a county with population over 80,000 (according to the 2000 Census) receives fifty percent (50%) of the amount otherwise allocated to the county.  The cities receiving fifty percent (50%) of the county distribution are: Akron, Canton, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Toledo and Youngstown. (These municipal distributions appear on table GCRQ2-3.) In this quarter, approximately $39.9 million was distributed from this fund with approximately $30.5 million distributed among the counties and approximately $9.3 million to the most populated cities.  Fiscal year to date, there has been approximately $42.5 million distributed with approximately $32.5 million distributed to counties and approximately $9.9 million to the most populated cities.

Table GCRQ2-3 shows the distributions to municipalities from the county fund and the host city fund. The host cities receive five percent (5%) of the gross casino revenue tax collected at the casino within that respective city during the previous quarter. This totaled approximately $3.9 million for the October distribution. Combined with the distributions made to eligible municipalities from the county fund, this table shows a total of approximately $13.2 million distributed to municipalities in the second quarter of FY21 and approximately $14.1 million fiscal year to date.

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