Sometimes these things work out like I really know what I’m talking about. When the State Supreme Court ruled that the casino ‘tax’ wasn’t fair to all the casinos in the state, they told the casinos to stop paying it and for lawmakers to come up with a new payment formula.
Only because the ‘tax’ was a hard and fast flat rate of $10 million, mathematically, all the casinos were paying their host communities a different percentage of their slots earnings. One of the casinos earning the lowest amount of slots revenue, but still forced to pay $10 million to their host town, decided to take it to the judge because it’s not fair that they pay out a higher percentage of their slots revenue than casinos who make a lot more on the slots.
Although the judge ruled in favor of that small casino, a winner or loser can’t be decided yet because the state legislators haven’t come up with the new ‘tax’. Whatever (and whenever) they come up with something, you can bet that all the municipalities will probably receive something other than $10 million. It will probably end up being more for some and less for others just to keep the courts happy with an equality remedy based on casino earnings.
Here’s where my brilliance comes in. Other than the really small low earning casinos, the other guys didn’t seem to mind paying the $10 million. But, since the judge said it was an illegal set up, they were to stop paying anything.
So, while some guy sat in a casino office with a pen and checkbook waiting for someone to tell him what amount to write the check for, in some cases the local legislators stopped by to cut a deal to keep the money flowing. Here in Delaware County, it went like this…
…Harrah’s will continue to, in essence, pay the tax on the slot that the court ruled unconstitutional to us,” he said, after he commended state Sens. Tom Killion, R-9 of Middletown, and Tom McGarrigle, R-26 of Springfield, as well as state Reps. William Adolph, R-165 of Springfield, and Nick Miccarelli, R-162 of Ridley Park, for their work with Harrah’s to secure the deal.
Many of the newspaper articles spelled doom and gloom that the casinos wouldn’t pay anything and drive local economies into a tailspin when I believed all along that the casinos would try their best to be good neighbors and pay their bills on time.
Thanks goes out to all the state reps and whoever else joined them to help Harrah’s cut that check to Chester. We were just about to round up volunteers to start tagging on 12th and Kerlin.
Read the whole casino story on Delcotimes.com