Neighbors eye expected Pa. slots revenues

January 8, 2009 5:40:37 AM PST
With the scheduled opening of a new eastern Pennsylvania slot-machine casino less than five months away, surrounding municipalities are thrashing out how to divvy up part of the revenues. The 3,000-slot Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem is scheduled to open Memorial Day weekend. Nearby Freemansburg and Hellertown, and the townships of Bethlehem, Hanover and Lower Saucon, are to get shares of the gambling revenues. The pot is expected to be about $1 million a year.

Commissioners President Paul Weiss of the considerably larger Bethlehem Township says shares should be based on population. The other municipalities prefer an equal division. But Weiss notes the municipalities won't be making that decision.

State law says a Northampton County authority board will distribute the revenue. The county is deciding whether to create a new authority for that purpose.

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Information from: The Express-Times, http://www.lehighvalleylive.com

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