MOUNT VERNON — Many people believe in so-called sin taxes. Others call taxation a sin all its own. Government tilts to the former viewpoint, and seldom encounters a vice it won’t tax. Ohio casinos are a case in point. Nearly $1 billion in fees and taxes have been assessed since the General Assembly dipped Ohio’s toe into the casino industry, and Knox County government has benefited to the tune of $1.03 million.
“We’re happy to get the additional money,” County Commissioner Teresa Bemiller said. “But in light of cuts in other areas, the casino tax is not what you’d call a windfall.”
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