Panel wants to halve state's share of table game revenue

By Associated Press 3:13pm, March 11, 2014 - Updated 2:48pm, March 12, 2014
A panel examining how to keep Delaware's casinos competitive is recommending changes that could cost the state more than $20 million a year.

Panel members on Tuesday agreed that the state should share the costs for slot machine vendors and fees, rather than having the three casinos continue to pay the full amount. The change, which would take effect July 1, would cost the state $9.9 million next fiscal year.

The panel also approved eliminating the annual table gaming fee paid by the casinos and to halve the state's share of table game revenue, at an estimated annual cost of $7.2 million.

The recommendations, which are supported by Gov. Markell, will be submitted to the General Assembly for lawmakers to consider.

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