Dayton waits on racino payment

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — In the race for cash, Dayton thought it had crossed the finish line only to come up short again.

A section of a bill passed by the Ohio House and Senate worked out a method to pay Dayton the half a million dollar fee it’s owed for hosting Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway, but Governor John Kasich vetoed that section last week.

“The governor’s office says to give them a few days and they’ll try to find a resolution,” says Mayor Nan Whaley.

The bill would have made Penn Gaming pay half the fee and Ohio pay the other half from the $150 million already paid to the state by Penn.

In his veto Kasich indicated the money should come from Penn and not at all from the state.

Penn Gaming has argued the money should entirely come from what it’s already paid the state.

“Of course it’s the governor’s say so if he wants Penn Gaming to pay all of it he can make that happen or he can make the state happen but he needs to do something to make something happen,” Whaley says.

Everyone agrees Dayton should get the money.

The city is including it in its budget, which is already suffering from a cut of $1.4 million because of the elimination of traffic cameras.

“Another half a million would be tough so we’re hoping the state will come through,” Whaley says.

Whaley is hoping for a resolution soon after the holidays. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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