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Washington Co. tip jars raise $1.18 million

Revenues 11 percent less than last fiscal year

Revenues 11 percent less than last fiscal year

January 02, 2008|By JOSHUA BOWMAN

WASHINGTON COUNTY ? In the first half of fiscal year 2008, the Washington County Gaming Commission earned $1.18 million from tip-jar games, about 11 percent less than the amount earned in the first half of fiscal year 2007.

The Washington County Fire and Rescue Association will receive 50 percent of the fiscal year 2008 distribution ? $591,843.93 ? as part of the county gaming commission's semi-annual distribution of tip-jar funds, Washington County Public Information Officer Norman Bassett announced Wednesday.

The gaming commission regulates local tip-jar games, which are operated by bars, clubs, liquor stores, and fire and rescue halls in Washington County.

Part of the profits from tip jars are collected by the gaming commission and are distributed annually to local community groups and the fire and rescue association.

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The fire and rescue association receives 50 percent of the county's earnings in twice-yearly payments, one in January and one in June.

Washington County Gaming Commission Director James B. Hovis said he was not sure why profits fell from last fiscal year. In the first half of fiscal year 2007, the county earned $1.33 million from tip-jar games.

Hovis said the high price of fuel could be one reason for the decline.

"When people have to spend more on things like gas, they spend less money gambling," Hovis said.

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