State Representative Marlene Anielski (R-Walton Hills) today provided sponsor testimony on House Bill 412 before the House Finance Committee. She was joined by fellow bill sponsor Representative Kirk Schuring (R-Canton).

House Bill 412 would make an adjustment to the second final payment from the Casino Operator Settlement Fund.  Currently, there are six “commercial racetracks” in the state.  House Bill 412 designates only the second payment of the $250,000 from the Casino Operator Settlement Fund, as established in House Bill 386 of the 129th General Assembly, to be paid in proportion to the amount of real property located in each municipal corporation or township.

For instance, Northfield Park Racino is located in three municipalities—the Village of Northfield, the Village of Walton Hills, and Macedonia.  According to the Ohio Office of Budget and Management, the establishment’s respective real property breakdown is 82.9%, 10.9%, and 6.2%. Therefore, the second final payment of $250,000 would be broken down as follows: $207,250 for the Village of Northfield, $27,250 for the Village of Walton Hills, and $15,500 for Macedonia. 

“The legislation is truly a fairness issue,” Representative Anielski said.  “The three municipalities in which the Northfield Park Racino is located provide mutual aid.  It comes down to assisting Walton Hills and Macedonia in their infrastructure and capital needs.”

House Bill 412 remains in the House Finance Committee for additional hearings.

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