Ohio Communities Awaiting Payments From Racinos

LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — Redevelopment of the fairgrounds in one southwestern Ohio county is on hold as state officials figure out the details of distributing $12 million in payments to communities affected by the legalization of racinos.

Lebanon in Warren County, north of Cincinnati, is the first of four communities around Ohio eligible for up to $3 million from a fund set up as part of the 2011 law that allowed racetrack owners to add electronic slot machines.

The Dayton Daily News ( ) reports that as many as three other communities could also receive state money if they lose their local racetracks as a result of the trend toward racinos.

To receive the money, the communities will be required to submit plans to the state for creating jobs and stimulating economic development.

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Information from: Dayton Daily News,

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