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Casino revenues refill coffers

Since casinos reopened last year, Fort St. John has seen $654,000 flow from gaming revenues back into city coffers.

Gaming revenues continue to flow back into city coffers after being cut off during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The city netted $189,467.40 between April and June 2022, according to a letter to the city from the BC Gaming and Policy Enforcement Branch in July.

Casinos reopened on Canada Day 2021 after being shuttered at the outset of the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020, leaving municipalities across the province with big holes to fill in their budgets.

Gaming revenues generated in Fort St. John have long supported operating the Pomeroy Sport Centre, while a share of revenues are also set aside by the province for gaming grants available to non-profit organizations.

Since casinos reopened last year, Fort St. John has earned $654,000 from its share of local revenues.

Coun. Tony Zabinsky said those are of great help to the city.

“And it should be noted that this is a good amount of money that we get quarterly,” he said at Monday's council meeting.

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