Ohio ballot board approves casino initiative language
COLUMBUS, Ohio: Yesterday, the Ohio Ballot Board approved the ballot language for the Ohio Casino Initiative (2009), which proposes placing casinos in Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati and Toledo. The measure will be on the will be on the November 3, 2009 ballot in Ohio. If approved the measure would require an amendment to Article XV, Ohio Constitution.
- Authorize only one casino facility within each of the cities of Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, and Toledo.
- Levy a fixed tax of 33% of gross casino revenue.
- Distribute the casino tax.
- Require each initial licensed casino operator to pay a single $50,000,000 fee to be used for state job training purposes and make a minimum initial investment of $250,000,000 in its facility.
- Permit approved types of casino gaming authorized by Michigan, West Virginia, Indiana, and Pennsylvania as of January 1, 2009.
- Authorize the casinos to operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at the discretion of the casino operator.
- Create the Ohio casino control commission.