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 August 23, 2017 - Hollywood Casino pays Dauphin County more than $800,000 in gaming revenue to ensure vital projects continue

HARRISBURG, PA (August 23, 2017) – Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course in August wired $814,399.48 to Dauphin County as part of its agreement to fund the local share revenue program through 2017, which is a vital source of funds for community projects and needs.
 
Hollywood agreed to continue payments through 2017 in the wake of a state Supreme Court decision last year overturning the revenue sharing program. State lawmakers are currently looking at ways to reinstate the program.
 
To date for 2017, the county received $2.3 million in money gathered by the state Department of Revenue, which continued to collect the funds through May 26. The latest direct payment from Hollywood of $814,399.48 covers the period from May 27 through June 30.
 
“Hollywood Casino is a good neighbor and by agreeing to continue the revenue sharing program through this year shows again it cares about the community,’’ said board Chairman Jeff Haste. “County gaming grant money buys equipment for police and other first responders, fixes sewer and water systems and hundreds of other critical projects that otherwise would require local tax dollars.’’
 
As part of the revenue sharing program, Hollywood also made payments, through the state, to East Hanover Township, Dauphin County, of $2.3 million for being the host municipality and $160,000 to East Hanover Township, Lebanon County, for its proximity to the facility.
 
“We are proud to make good on our commitment to continue to support our local community through the payment of these funds that support critical programs throughout the region,” said Eric Schippers, Sr. Vice President of Public Affairs for Penn National Gaming, Hollywood Casino’s parent company.
 
In March, the commissioners approved $5.6 million in gaming grants to fund needs including replacing fire hydrants in Gratz, a new water rescue boat, and vehicle in Swatara and safety improvements for the Central Dauphin School District. Grant money was also part of the funding used to acquire the 411-acre Detweiler Park in Middle Paxton, the largest of the county’s eight parks.
 
“There is no doubt that without our gaming grant program and Hollywood’s willingness to continue funding it through this year, many important projects would either be delayed or canceled,’’ said Commissioner Mike Pries. “Without this program, communities are left with property taxes as the main way to pay for their needs.’’
 
Commissioner George P. Hartwick, III agreed.
 
“The money we receive from Hollywood Casino benefits our residents twice,’’ Hartwick said. “It addresses critical needs and helps to stave off tax increases.’’
 
Gaming grant project requests are initially reviewed by the five-member Dauphin County Gaming Advisory Board (GAB), which was created by the commissioners when local share money first became available. In addition to reviewing projects in a fair and open process, the board is responsible for tracking ongoing work to ensure the money is used as intended.

 

 

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