The town of Hamburg expects extra funding in the state budget for the Hamburg Casino, which could go to lower next year’s taxes.
The state budget, being passed this week, will increase aid to municipalities with video lottery terminals by 22 percent, Assemblyman Sean Ryan, D-Buffalo, announced Monday.
That would mean Hamburg, which expected $557,000 from New York State, would receive $122,5400 more this year. That’s still lower than the more than $1 million the town received in 2008.
Supervisor Steven Walters said Monday night the town does not have any plans to use the extra money this year. Since the money is uncommitted, it would be available to reduce property taxes next year.
“We’re looking at it this year as unanticipated revenue,” he said. “At the end of the year, it should help create a surplus for the general fund.”
Walters credited Ryan and State Sen. Mark Grisanti, R-Buffalo, with working to secure the extra funding, which is meant to offset the increased costs for localities hosting the video lottery terminals.
Walters said the state started reducing the funds in 2008, and cut them in half in 2011.
“I can assure you the fight’s not over. We want to get back to the 100 percent mark that we were told by the state, when that facility was built, that we would receive,” he said.
Hamburg used to use the money to pay down its debt and not for everyday expenses, but since 2010, the money has been used to fund general expenses in the budget.
The casino opened as Fairgrounds Gaming & Raceway in 2004.