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.
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:
James A. Garfield: $32,248.61
Maplewood Career Center: $12,491.25
Distribution to other districts/schools:
Falcon Academy: $3,610.46
Bio-Med Science Academy: $1,301.71
Stow-Munroe Falls: $111,597.35