Mutuel Tax Increase in Ohio Now in Effect: Governor Permits Bill Raising Take 1/2 of Pct. to Become Low, Daily Racing Form, 1957-06-25


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. i 1 ] 1 J ] ] 1 1 1 ] J 1 Mutuel Tax Increase In Ohio Now in Effect Governor Permits Bill Raising Take Vi of 1 Pet. to Become Law Special to Daily Racing Form COLUMBUS, Ohio, June 24. — An increase of one-half of one, per cent in the "take" from pari-mutuel wagering on horse racing in Ohio is already in effect. Gov. C. William ONeill permitted the bill to become law without his signature, neither signing nor vetoing it. The extra money raised by the increase in the tax on wagering is to go into a fund which will be a subsidy for fair harness racing in the state. The fund is to be proportioned to the fairs for harness race purses. It originally was reported that the measure would not go into effect .until September 11. However, the tax-levying section of the law is now in operation due to a constitutional provision pertaining to such matters. The remainder of the act, which includes the establishment of the fund and provision for distribution to the fairs, will not become operative until September 10. The Horsemens Benevolent and Protective Association has vigorously opposed the establishment of the fund, declaring that thoroughbred patrons are being forced to support standardbred racing, "a competitor." The HBPA urged ONeill to veto the proposal and has threatened a court suit to test the constitutionality of the measure.

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