By STEVEN T. DENNIS
A proposed change to Washington County's tip jar law would give the Gaming Commission an extra $300,000 each year to distribute to fire companies and charities.
A projected $2.45 million would be collected by the gaming commission in the fiscal year starting July 1 with the change, instead of $2.15 million under the existing law, according to Kathy Sterling, Gaming Commission director.
Fire and rescue companies get 40 percent of the gaming fund and charities receive 60 percent.
Under the existing law, the percentage of gross profits clubs must give to charity would rise from 15 percent this year to 20 percent next year. The clubs can give up to half of that percentage directly to charities. The other half must go to the gaming fund.