Published On: Thu, May 23rd, 2013

Knox County uses Keno revenue to improve area

CENTER —Wagering money on Keno games brings funds into Knox County’s bank account.

Knox County currently has close to $27,000 ($26,881) in funds received from Keno.

Rolling Hills Golf Course,  west of Wausa, participates in the lottery under the county.

The county also receives Keno funds from Cattails Saloon and Eatery, Center, through an inter-local agreement with the Village of Center.

The total Keno sales for the first quarter of 2013 for the Cattails Saloon and Eatery came in close to $59,600. The total sales for Cattails Saloon since it opened was over $205,000.

The total Keno sales for the first quarter of 2013 were right at $4,075 for Rolling Hills Golf Course. Total sales since 2007, which was when Keno was started at Rolling Hills Golf Course, is close to $527,800.

The County Clerk handles all of the bookkeeping from the lottery earnings, where the county receives a percentage of the lottery earnings.

“The daily tickets and slips come to our office,” said Knox County Clerk Joann Fischer. “We have to verify the ticket sales, pay-offs and any unclaimed tickets. The amounts are compared with the weekly report from Lotto Nebraska.”

The lottery was set up for Lotto Nebraska and the business to split 14 percent of the earnings, 9.5 percent will be for the local government, two percent goes to the State, one percent is for legal costs and 73.5 percent of every dollar goes towards future winnings in lotteries,

When Keno is located within a city or village limits, the county receives a portion of the lottery earnings through an inter-local agreement with the town.

Keno profits in local communities are to be used for community betterment which can be anything from property tax relief to beautification projects.

Knox County has previously used Keno funds to install a handicap door opener at the front entrance to the Courthouse; put several security cameras in place; fund the GIS Workshop which allows people to access county records online; pay for new chairs and carpet in the Supervisor room and to improve the flower bed in front of the Courthouse.

At the May 8 Knox County Supervisor meeting, board members voted to use close to $10,000 from Keno funds to renew the annual fee for the GIS Workshop.

Board members also took action to extend Keno hours at the Cattails Saloon from 1 a.m. until 2 a.m.