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Auditor Clarifies Indiana Lottery Expenditures

31 August 2005

INDIANA – As reported by the Peru Tribune: "Although Miami County receives a substantial amount of money from the Hoosier Lottery every year, those dollars do not actually go into the county General Fund for local leaders to use as they please.

"The question as to how lottery money is used in Miami County was raised a few months ago at a Miami County Council meeting when the wheel tax was being discussed. Denver resident John Goble presented an article from the Logansport Pharos-Tribune that said Miami County had received $8.9 million in lottery monies from the state.

"'But the article didn't mention that that money given was to us over a 14-year period,' Miami County Auditor Brenda Weaver explained.

"Miami County has received $8.9 million in lottery monies from 1989 to 2003, according to the Hoosier Lottery Web site. Of that, $756,384 went to Build Indiana Fund local projects; $996,821 to city and town police and fire pensions; $3,911,822 to the license plate excise tax reduction; $633,984 to the Indiana Technology Fund for schools; $272,079 to Local Road and Street; and $2,341,833 to local schools as supplemental tuition support…"

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