The Ohio Department of Alcohol & Drug Addiction Services’ share of the gross casino revenue tax for prevention and treatment of gambling addictions is falling far short of estimates. With gambling still in it’s infancy in the state, officials say it’s not clear whether the funding will meet the need.
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The first Ohio casinos opened in May 2012 in Cleveland and Toledo, followed by the opening of the Columbus facility in October 2012. 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 on the last day of the month following the end of a calendar quarter. The table shows how the Ohio Casino Tax Revenue Fund is distributed:
5 percent: Gross Casino Revenue Host City Fund
34 percent: Gross Casino Revenue County Student Fund *
51 percent: Gross Casino Revenue County Fund
3 percent: Casino Control Commission Fund - one percent (1%) of the amount deposited into this fund is subsequently transferred to the Casino Tax Administration Fund.
3 percent: Ohio State Racing Commission Fund
2 percent: 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
2 percent: Problem Gambling & Addictions Fund (Alcohol and Drug Addictions Services)