Schools, counties get less from Ohio casinos

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Ohio counties and schools and getting a little less cash from casino taxes this time around.

The Ohio Department of Taxation will be distributing $68.6 million, the local cut of the taxes collected from casinos from October through December. That's 2.2 percent less than the last disbursement in October.

The Akron Beacon Journal (http://bit.ly/Mmil7y ) reports that counties will get the biggest chunk of the money -- about $35 million. Schools will get about $23 million.

The remainder goes to state's eight largest cities, the Casino Control Commission, Ohio State Racing Commission, training for law enforcement and efforts to address problem gambling.

Casino revenue was $821 million last year -- about $65 million less than the state had anticipated.

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Information from: Akron Beacon Journal, http://www.ohio.com