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Mega casino proposed for southwest Ohio

October 26, 2007

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Almost a year after Ohio voters rejected a ballot issue for slot machines at racetracks and two Cleveland casinos, two businessmen have proposed a casino located off I-71 near Wilmington, Ohio. They plan to circulate a petition to ask for approval for the casino in the November, 2008 election.
The proposed facilitiy, about halfway between Columbus and Cincinnati, calls for a resort casino that eventually could be expanded to include hotels, a golf course, spa, theater, and a NASCAR track. The concept is being pushed by businessmen Brad Pressman and Rick Lertzman.
According to an article in Friday\'s Columbus Dispatch, the casino would yield $26 million in tax revenues for host Clinton County and would also generate $16 million for Cuyahoga County (Cleveland) and $12 million for Franklin County (Columbus). Counties would receive tax revenues based on population. 
The Ohio constitution would have to be changed for the casino to begin operation.
Last November, Ohio voters rejected a slots machine issue with 57 percent voting against the measure.
On Thursday Ohio Governor Ted Strickland signed a bill outlawing \"skill games,\" which look much like slot machines but depend on some skill by the player. Any game paying more than $10 in cash or merchandise is illegal under the new law. 
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