Friday, March 7, 2008

Black Hawk, Central City raise awareness about gaming tax revenues

The gaming towns of Black Hawk and Central City, west of Denver, are launching a public awareness campaign this month to tout the positive impacts of limited-stakes gaming for the state.

On March 7, mayors of both cities presented a check for $1.1 billion -- representing gaming tax revenues generated since 1991 -- to Ed Nichols, Colorado Historical Society's president.

Each year, the State Historical Fund, a project of the Colorado Historical Society, receives 28 percent of tax revenues generated by Colorado's casinos, including those in Cripple Creek.

The money is awarded in grants to public and nonprofit oganizations for historic preservation projects around the state. Since casinos began generating tax revenues in 1991, more than $300 million has been spent on preserving historic sites, including the state Capitol building, the Central City Opera House and the Kit Carson County Carousel in Burlington.

The campaign will include television ads and a Web site where the public can enter a contest,

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