January Gaming Distribution Announced

January Gaming Distribution Announced

On January 3, 2006, the Washington County Gaming Office and Gaming Commission announced a disbursement from the Gaming Fund of $627,493.41 to the Washington County Volunteer Fire & Rescue Association.
Gaming Office Director James Hovis said that the figure represents 50% of the $1,254,986.81 collected for the period of July 1, 2005 through December 31, 2005.
The figure also represents a 5% decrease when compared to the January 2005 disbursement. In January of 2005 the Washington County Gaming Commission disbursed $660,843.16 to the WCVFRA.
Non-profit charitable organizations receive Gaming funding once per year, during the month of August, Fire and Rescue companies receive the annual disbursements in two payments, one in January and one in August. WCVFRA officials have said the semi-annual disbursement allows for greater flexibility in financial matters.
The Washington County Gaming Commission is a volunteer 7-member board appointed by the County Delegation to the Maryland General Assembly and Board of County Commissioners. Established by the State Legislature in 1995, the Commission is responsible to ensure the revenue produced by Tip Jars played in the counties clubs, taverns, liquor stores, and restaurants is equitably distributed. Since its beginning, the Commission has provided almost $25 million dollars to charities and fire and rescue companies in Washington County.