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Portage County schools will split cut of state casino taxes

By Mike Sever | Staff Writer Published: January 10, 2013 4:00 AM
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Portage County's school districts will be splitting nearly a half million dollars from Ohio's casino taxes at the end of the month. In Portage, Kent city schools will get the biggest chunk at $68,990.44 and Windham getting the smallest slice at $13,164.28 according to information from the Ohio Department of Taxation.

The figures, released Wednesday by the Ohio Department of Taxation, show that roughly $38 million will be distributed to more than 1,000 various educational institutions throughout the state based on population. Private schools are excluded. It's not a windfall for districts, which last year were told what to expect.

It's the first distribution of funds from the casinos. The first opened in Cleveland and Toledo in May last year, followed by Columbus in October. A fourth casino is slated to open in Cincinnati this spring.

The state will distribute money twice annually, on Jan. 31 and Aug. 31.

Money is distributed to all school districts in Ohio based upon student populations as certified by the Department of Education.

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The counts include districts that have students from more than one county, such as Field, which will receive money through Portage, Stark and Summit counties.

The amounts to be distributed to Portage County School Districts:

Aurora: $60,339.52

Crestwood: $42,120.16

Field: $45,828.16

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James A. Garfield: $32,248.61

Kent: $68,990.44

Maplewood Career Center: $12,491.25

Mogadore: $19,269.68

Ravenna: $58,183.66

Rootstown: $26,309.68

Southeast: $38,068.10

Streetsboro: $44,995,70

Waterloo: $25,448.46

Windham: $13,164.28

Distribution to other districts/schools:

Falcon Academy: $3,610.46

Bio-Med Science Academy: $1,301.71

Stow-Munroe Falls: $111,597.35

Tallmadge: $51,543.25

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anonymous Jan 13, 2013 12:03 PM

Doesnt worry, most of these schools will have a levy on the ballot next election day. I do not think the mint can print money fast enough for these schools.

anonymous Jan 11, 2013 8:25 AM

I realize that the ODT is splitting this money based on the school districts' population (according to this article). But wouldn't it make more sense to be more fair and distribute the amounts equally? It doesn't seem fair that the districts who are doing well and continue to do well are getting more than those that are not doing as well. Many schools in Portage County are struggling so it just seems like they should 'share the wealth' in a different manner and make it a little more evenly distributed.

I feel for these poorer school districts who try so hard to pass their levies but they can't get their community to back them up. It's not always about teachers and their salaries. Can we please for once think about the children and their education. They are our future.

anonymous Jan 10, 2013 10:19 AM

UDALOY: 30 June 2013 for Crestwood teachers.

anonymous Jan 10, 2013 8:33 AM

I wonder how long it will take for the teachers to want a raise?