Local organizations fear loss of gaming revenue

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ERIE, Pa. — Local gaming revenue is at risk and local organizations that have benefited from grants are speaking up.

Millions of dollars could be at stake for Erie County if current legislation is left unchanged. In an effort to bring awareness to the impact gaming revenue has in the community, the Erie County Gaming and Revenue Authority and nonprofits are sharing their stories.

Erie County receives 1 percent of gross revenue from Presque Isle Downs and Casino with half of that going to county government and the other half to Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority.

The millions of dollars could come to a trickle due to a Supreme Court ruling and a bill passed in the House that redefines who qualifies for the revenue. The changes open up the entire Commonwealth to grabs at the funds.

One of the institutions that rely on the grants is the Edinboro University Foundation.

The foundation has received tens of thousands of dollars over the past three years to host the highland games festival and homecoming.

Officials said such events are ingrained in the community.

“The loss of funding from ECGRA would be a significant issue for Edinboro University, both the Highland Games and our Homecoming Academic Showcase event,” Julie Chacona, development director at Edinboro  said.

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