Written by thillman
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 11:23 AM
I recently read the letter of Dillon R.
Dorrell to the editor in the September 18,2014 edition of the Ohio
County News. Mr.
Dorrell is upset at the proposal of Rising Star Casino to become a
completely land based casino. As Mr. Dorrell stated, this
would involve the loss of $12,759,600 in assessed valuation due to
the lack of the need for the present gaming boat. This
act would also cause the loss of $162,672 in property tax
He does state that the proceeds to the casino
were reduced to $5,698,761 in August, 2013 and to $4,447,019 in August,
He fails to mention that Rising Star now has greatly increased
competition from the Horseshoe Casino in Cincinnati, The Belterra
Park Raceway and Racino in Anderson Township, Miami Valley Gaming
Racino near Monroe, Ohio, and Hollywood Racino Dayton, Ohio.
Prior to the operation of the casinos in Ohio, total receipts at
Rising Star were much, much more. Rising Star Casino in now
simply downsizing in an effort to keep the casino operating in a
sound and profitable manner.
Mr. Dorrell fails to mention that there are
factors other than property tax revenues involved. We need to look at
community of Rising Sun and Ohio County would lose if the casino
wasn't here. The City of Rising Sun in 2013 received a total
of $5,882,873.81 from wagering taxes, admission taxes and
supplemental receipts during 2013, and received a total of $3,206,366.42
from wagering taxes, admission taxes and supplemental receipts
during the months of January thru July of 2014. Ohio County
received $3,226,189.32 from wagering taxes, admission taxes and
supplemental receipts during 2013, and received $2,367,069.17
from wagering taxes, admission taxes and supplemental receipts
during January thru July of 2014. As Is shown heretofore, Rising
Sun and Ohio County have a lot Involved other than property tax
receipts. In addition, the many Jobs at the casino and income
taxes paid by the casino and Its employees for Ohio County are
In the past, Ohio County has constructed an
addition to the courthouse, a highway garage, and has repaved many roads
County which were in a state of disrepair as well as other
improvements from riverboat funds. Ohio County and the City of
Rising Sun have jointly constructed an emergency services building
and a library from riverboat funds. The city of Rising
Sun has constructed a new city hall, a sewage treatment facility, a
city park, a swimming pool as well as other items from
riverboat funds. The city purchased the building which contains
the police department from riverboat funds, and used riverboat
funds as seed money for grants from which our medical center and
the senior citizen community building on Mulberry St. were
constructed. I no doubt have overlooked other activities financed
from riverboat funds.
I was Ohio County attorney in the late 1970's
and the early 1980's. Ohio County at that time was in such low financial
that the county purchased used former state police cars at auction
from the State of Indiana for patrol cars for the sheriffs
office. There are similar matters that can be cited. Ohio County
due to casino revenues no longer has to penny pinch and is
able to provide services on a par with other communities.
Mr. Dorrell also mentioned that the casino at
Evansville intended to build another structure worth $100,000,000. There
a big difference between a community of more than 100,000 and a
community of 2,300 people like Rising Sun. Due to their situation
Evansville casino will need to build a new building to become land
1 think that this community needs to review
the need for co-operation with Rising Star rather than obstruction. We
lot more to lose than $162,672 in property tax revenue annually by
obstructing Rising Star Casino in efforts to maintain the
profitability and viability of the casino. While the funds now
being received by the City of Rising Sun and Ohio County are
a great deal less than formerly received, the funds are still
considerable and are of great value to the community.
John D. Mitchell
Written by thillman
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 11:22 AM
Ohio County Rescue Services Inc. would like to
thank the following Organizations, Business, Churches, Clubs and,
who donated Items and desserts. Also a thank you to the businesses
that displayed our Chicken Barbeque flyers in their establishments.
Along with all squad members, Fire department members, High School
kids and individuals that helped at the 2014 Chicken barbeque.
We greatly appreciate all the work everyone did to make this years chicken barbeque a great event.
The following is a list of organizations and businesses that donated items and time to make this years chicken barbeque a
They are: First Baptist Church of Rising Sun,
Shiloh Baptist Church, Bethel Unity Baptist Church, Holmes Hill Church
Pleasant Ridge Church of Christ, Rising Sun Church of Christ,
Rising Sun Church of Nazarene, First Church of Christ, Rising
Sun United Methodist Church, Salem Hilltopers, Happy Homemakers,
Windstormers, Extension Homemakers, Phi Beta Phi Sorority,
Red Hat Society, The Waters of Rising Sun and High School Kids
earning community service hours.
If we have neglected to mention any
organization or individual here who donated items or time we apologize.
We greatly appreciate
the donations of desserts, water, items and individuals time and
We wish to thank everyone who came out and purchased chicken and supported the life squad. We take great pride in serving
our community. It is always a great pleasure to see everyone in the community who comes to our annual chicken barbeque.
Â Ohio County
Rescue Services Inc.
Written by thillman
Thursday, September 18, 2014 9:17 AM
In June of 2104, the Rising Star Casino made a
presentation to the City and County Council, four of our local State
the Aurora Mayor and Attorney, and the Rising Sun Regional
Foundation Directors. The purpose of their presentation was to
gain support to have new gaming legislation that would move their
slots and table games from the boat to their existing pavilion.
Proposed Landbase Gaming would eliminate the riverboat in Ohio
They stated that if this would be permitted,
it would reduce their operating cost by a significant amount. Moving
from their boat to land would require new gaming legislation to be
approved by both Houses of the General Assembly and the
Governor. We understand their reasoning and have supported them in
most of their efforts to reduce their operating cost. However,
if their gaming operations are moved to a Landbase operation, it
would eliminate the property tax that benefits the city,
county and school. The Rising Star Casino’s boat would no longer
be used and most likely would be sold for scrap value.
Shown below is an estimate of our taxpayer’s loss based on the boat’s assessed value in 2013 pay 2014 taxes. Their change
to a Land Base operation could potentially result in a loss of property tax revenues of $162,672.
Property Tax Revenue Losses per Local Government Units are as follows:
Rising Star Boat Assessed Value $12,759,600
Tax Rates: Loss in Tax Revenues
County .3996 ($50,759)
Township .0100 ($1,175)
School .4387 ($55,976)
City: .3728 ($47,567)
Library .0408 ($5,218)
Special District .0129 ($1645)
Total Tax Rate 1.2749 ($162,672)
Those in attendance of the Casino’s
presentation from the city and county agree that there should be
requirements made for
the casino to make investments in new capital improvements and/or
additions with any Landbase operation. We have spoken with
several of our school personnel, business and community leaders,
taxpayers and neighbors on this issue. Everyone who we have
spoken with supports our request for a commitment from the casino
to invest in capital improvements (buildings, facilities,
& other structures) as a condition for them to move to
All of Rising Star’s local casino competitors
have made large capital expenditures including new additions,
expansion. Rising Star has spent money only for ongoing
operational and typical maintenance requirements. A new three story
hotel was built for them and opened in late 2013 with funds from
Rising Sun First Inc. Rising Star Casino has a lease purchase
and managing agreement with Rising Sun First for the hotel
operations. Rising Star Casino did not invest any of their money
in the hotel project in land or construction. Typical maintenance
and operational expenses are not capital investments. Those
expenses are the cost of doing business. A commitment to invest is
anticipated and should be required.
By contrast, we are told that the Evansville
Casino is willing to invest up to $100,000,000 on land base projects for
new casino if allowed to go land base. Why would it not be
expected for the Rising Star Casino to do the same for Rising Sun
and Ohio County?
In summary, moving their slots and table games
to an “old” pavilion without capital investment or nothing else added
not solve their declining admissions and revenue situation. Rising
Star Casino should be required to make a capital investment
of at least an equal amount that that would result in our loss of
property tax revenue caused by them moving to landbase.
County & City Taxpayer
Business and Residential Property Owner
Member of Ohio County Council
Source: Indiana Gaming Commission
Comparison August 2014 with year ago month August 2013
Admission August 2013 82,555 Casino Win 2013 $5,698,761
August 2014 67,364 Casino Win 2014 $4,447,019
Loss (15,191) -18% Loss ($1,251,742) - 22%
Note: August 2013 No new hotel
August 2014 New 100 room hotel
Written by Tim Bovard
Thursday, September 11, 2014 1:54 PM
I would like to express my humble appreciation and gratitude to my friends, family, and members of the community who have extended their support and opened their hearts to me over these past several months. There are too many to mention, but you know who you are.
Life can deal us difficult times, and for me, this has been one of those difficult times.
Your kind words, donations and friendships have been what have ultimately kept me going.
The past 17-plus years working with the City of Rising Sun were good years, and years I will remember. I am confident that the future will hold promising times and am excited to see what the future holds for me.
I owe you all a great deal of gratitude and I thank you all.