New study finds casino could bring tax revenue, crime

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by Philip Townsend, 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on October 16, 2013 at 5:45 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 16 at 6:00 PM

CHESAPEAKE---A new study was just released by the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization reveals what a casino could bring to the region.
 
The study shows tax revenues from a casino in Hampton Roads could reach $113 million a year.
 
A casino could also bring an increase in crime. Researchers say that could cost tax payers.
 
"It'll include everything from enforcement, to the cost of the courts, to rehabilitative services and lost property," said HRTPO Chief Economist Greg Grootendorst.
 
Research across the country isn't all consistent. Grootendorst said some cities even show crime decreases when a casino is built.
 
The findings will be presented to the HRTPO board Thursday morning.

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