Bensalem mayor: Loss of casino revenue could bring layoffs

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 30, 2016 2:56 AM

FILE - In this May 24, 2012 file photo, patrons play the slot machines at Harrah's Casino in Chester, Pa. The odds are long on Northeast's casino projects hitting financial expectations. A review of tax data in the last several states to open casinos: Ohio, Maryland, and Pennsylvania, shows that overall revenue is below baseline forecasts. Officials blame miscalculations of spending habits and new competition, but some also question how much the numbers reflected wishful thinking. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

(Bensalem) -- A suburban Philadelphia mayor says his township could see police layoffs or higher taxes if stops receiving the millions of dollars it gets from Parx Casino.

The state Supreme Court has ruled the municipal portion of tax on slot machines in the suburbs violates the state constitution because it imposes different rates on casinos depending on their size.

It has given lawmakers four months to find a solution.

Bensalem Mayor Joseph DiGirolamo says such a revenue loss would be "absolutely devastating."

Over the past five years, Bucks County and Bensalem have received nearly $90 million in slot machine revenue from Parx.

Republican state SenatorTommy Tomlinson says perhaps casinos might be able to contribute to communities using a flat fee.

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