COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Police and sheriffs are fighting for greater access to a small slice of Ohio casino tax revenue that is intended for law enforcement training and has gone mainly to the State Highway Patrol.
Groups representing local law enforcement say that’s unfair and supported a proposed amendment to change control of that segment, budgeted for about $850,000 annually in the two-year state spending plan. But lawmakers kept the current disbursement setup pending a report due by September on how best to distribute the money.
It must recommend how some money could be shared with local law enforcement starting in the 2015 fiscal year. Police argue that won’t guarantee a fairer distribution.
The Ohio Department of Public Safety defends how it spent the more than $523,000 deposited into the fund so far.