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New plan to distribute tip jar funds approved by commissioners

January 23, 2002

New plan to distribute tip jar funds approved by commissioners



By SCOTT BUTKI

scottb@herald-mail.com

The Washington County Board of Commissioners Tuesday agreed to a change under which proceeds from tip jar gambling will be distributed to charitable organizations once a year instead of twice.

The change was requested by the Washington County Gaming Commission and the Gaming Office.

The Gaming Commission distributes to nonprofits half of the tip jar gambling profits for a given period. The other half goes to the Washington County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association, as mandated by state law.

The change to one distribution a year means less administrative work for the Gaming Office, the county Budget and Finance Department and volunteer Gaming Commission members, Gaming Office Director Lisa Kalkbrenner said.

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She said she did not think the change would be a problem for the nonprofits.

Jeff Downin, executive director of the Community Free Clinic, said a change from two allocations a year to one wouldn't have a big effect of the organization.

"I don't see how there would be any problem with that. We would just have to readjust our budget a little," he said.

Under the change, the money will be given out in August of each year instead of in September and February. The change goes into effect in July, following the February distribution.

The change will be reviewed in six months, Kalkbrenner said.

Interest on Gaming Commission money goes into a fund and is distributed to nonprofits, County Attorney Richard Douglas said.

The Fire and Rescue Association will continue to receive money twice a year, Kalkbrenner said. The association does not have to apply for the money as nonprofits do, she said.

The commissioners also approved an amendment changing the name of the office from the Washington County Gaming Commission Office to the Washington County Gaming Office.

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