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Fire and rescue association benefits from more gambling

January 04, 2007

An increase in gaming revenues resulted in more money for the Washington County Volunteer Fire & Rescue Association, the Washington County Gaming Commission announced.

In a press release Wednesday, Washington County public information officer Norman Bassett said the gaming association distributed $664,790.05 to the fire and rescue association.

The money represents half of the gaming fund revenues from July 1 through Sunday, Director of Gaming James Hovis said. The most recent revenues are 5.6 percent higher than the January 2006 disbursement, the press release states.

Ten percent of the overall gaming fund revenues go toward the operating expenses of the Washington County Volunteer Fire & Rescue Association, President Glenn Fuscsick said. The remaining money is split evenly among the county's fire and ambulance companies, he said.

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The gaming commission distributes the money raised by tip jars throughout the county. Nonprofit organizations get gaming funding in August, while the fire and rescue association's funding comes in January and August. Since its beginning, the commission has distributed more than $31 million, the press release states.

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