Greene Co. schools excited about bingo

Published 12:00 am Thursday, November 6, 2003

Citizens in Greene County voted overwhelmingly Tuesday in support of bingo games in the county.

According to the Greene County Probate Office, the vote was 2,327 in favor (82 percent) and 499 against (17 percent).

Marengo County Sheriff Johnny L. Isaac will begin to setup the rules and regulations for bingo gaming. Estimates up to $1 million a year have been speculated for the revenue that could be collected from bingo annually.

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There will only be one location for bingo initially, he said Wednesday, likely the Greenetrack racing facility. "It is a central location," the sheriff said.

A non-profit organization will run the gaming, and the date for the first meeting to set up regulations has not been set.

The formula for dispensing money from bingo profits will include 40 percent for the Greene County Board of Education, 20 percent for county E-911, 20 percent for the volunteer fire department association, and 10 percent each for the sheriff’s department and the county racing commission.

The racing commission will dispense money from its share to various charities in the area, Isaac said.