I’ve been scratching my head ever since this Strickland plan to legalize slots at horse tracks got passed- considering it was explicitly voted down. Thankfully- the Warren County Commission still has the good sense to point out this is a handover of a monopoly without a bid:
Warren County commissioners may challenge the governor’s video slot deal.
The commissioners believe the new deal Gov. Ted Strickland struck to get slot machines at the seven race tracks, including Lebanon Raceway, may be unconstitutional because it is essentially a law that benefits just the individuals who own the racetracks.
The commissioners asked their legal counsel to look into possibly filing a lawsuit.
One has to wonder how the Governor came up with the $65 million license fee too? An arbitrary number pulled from a hat. I’m not sure how much was spent in the last ballot issue over gambling, but, it had to be in the tens of millions. Gambling is big money- and how a racetrack that’s barely hanging in – like Lebanon Raceway, is supposed to come up with the $65 million for a license only makes me wonder.
Why we can’t just put out an RFP for gambling- and sell to the highest bidders? Why shouldn’t the Arcade owners be allowed to put in a casino? Or maybe Trotwood on the site of the former Salem Mall- or Hara Arena? Why racetrack owners? Why are we suddenly talking about Austin Road for a racetrack/casino? Who is on the take?
Warren County Commissioners actually ask why the government is giving a monopoly. Montgomery County Commissioners- try to sneak in a tax hike to fund a private ice arena for their buddy
Maybe this is why Warren County has been growing while Montgomery County has been hurting.