The Future of Charitable Gaming

August 17, 2017 11:21 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- Local organizations are coming together to figure out what the future holds for charitable gaming.

Rod Toomey with the Rochester Eagles Club said all your money may not being going where you think, and he wants to see that change.


"I don't think a lot of people really understand the significant amount of dollars that are going to the state," said Toomey.

Right now, the way things work is the more money that's made, the higher the revenue is taxed.

With expenses, organizations may collect as little as 28% of each dollar.

Joe Brown, Commander at Rochester's American Legion Post 92, also said it's taking away from those who think they are doing good.

"Our combined receipt taxes and everything that, throughout the year, what we send up north is, is more than actually what we give to our, our charities."

"Actually the community is the one that comes in here and buys the pull tabs, come in for the bingo. It's their money you know and they would probably, they would rather like our patrols keep the money here,” added Brown.

And that's why on Thursday, both organizations met with the Allied Charities of Minnesota to discuss what needs to be done next.

"The hard part for me is when we're paying the state before we have money to give out to charities and that's, that's I think why people pull tabs and play bingo is they know it's for a worthy cause," said Toomey.

Both organizations say they just want the state to update the way the system works, so the community can have peace of mind that their funds are going to the right place.

"In the end, it just leaves more money that we as charities can give away," said Toomey.

Both organizations also say they don't mind paying the taxes but they would like for the amount to be lower to keep more money going to charity.


Roxanne Elias

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