City opens year with 2017 decline in casino revenues

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Rising Sun City Council opened the new year with its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, Jan. 4th.

Clerk Treasurer Rae Baker Gipson presented a wagering and admission comparison for the years 2013 though 2017 for funds received from Riverboat Gaming.

The Wagering cost was over $3 million in 2013 and dropped off by nearly 50 percent in 2014. After decrease n 2015, the Wagering Tax went up five percent in 2016 and 10 percent increase in 2017 (amounting to $1,320,641.26).

Admission tax revenue was down just one percent but Supplemental tax was down 17 percent to $1,390,405.94. Total admission was down 12 percent at $2,142,019.94. The total wagering and admission taxes were down five percent totaling $3,462,661.20.

Gary Kinnett presented a letter to the Rising Sun Regional Foundation summarizing what grant monies were used for in developing the new Senior Housing development.

Bryce Kendrick gave a grant writing report along with the city’s website updates.

Council passed Ordinance 2018-1 which will terminate funds from the Plight Elimination Program (BEP) into the Redevelopment Fund. Also, funds received from the Indiana Municipal Power Agency (IMPA) LED Fund will be transferred to the Redevelopment Fund.

Police Chief David Hewitt presented his annual activity report.

There were a total of 314 arrests and charges filed. That includes 80 felonies, 77 misdemeanors, 44 infractions, 17 Juvenile, 4 city ordinance and 92 warnings.

There were 216 case reports, 52 accident reports, 20 handgun permit applications, 18 incident reports, 26 agency assists and10 public relations opportunities.

Laura Walston, 911 coordinator, reported there were 1995 calls for 911 in 2017.

Park Director Jamie Bell presented her year end report which showed revenues of $36,795.40. Nearly half of the funds come through the dance program with senior center rental a close second.