The Washington County Commissioners and the director of the agency that administers the county's gambling tax praised changes to the tip jar law that will result in hundreds of thousands of additional dollars for charities and fire and rescue companies.
On Saturday, the state legislature amended the gaming law to require private clubs that sell tip jars to turn over 15 percent of their profits to the Washington County Gaming Commissioner for distribution. The new law eliminates in-kind contributions.
As a result, fire and rescue companies in the county will receive an estimated $980,000 in fiscal year 1999, up from a projected $744,000 this year.
Charitable organizations that apply for funds from the gaming commission also will benefit. They will receive almost $1.5 million in fiscal year 1999, up from nearly $1.2 million this year.