Two New Casinos in SW PA Pick Locations
Back in the wintertime the second and third Category 4 casino licenses were auctioned to bidders that chose to set up shop in southwestern Pennsylvania. Under the law, a winning bidder has six months to submit the formal application to the Gaming Control Board. That time period just recently expired for the two winning bidders, who announced they will locate in Westmoreland County and Beaver County.
This map shows the protected areas existing casinos created under the original 2004 law and those created in the 2017 expansion law enjoy. Even though the center of the protected area for the winner of the third license was in Lawrence County, the casino could be located anywhere within a 15 mile radius from that point but not within 25 miles of another licensed casino–that is how it can be built in Beaver County.
Once the slot machines and table games are up and operating, the tax distribution formula for the revenues generated from play are for the varied uses of property tax relief, the state’s general fund, economic development, and money for the host county and municipality.