A day after it became clear that voters had rejected a plan for a £400 million super casino, local government chiefs have begun cutting spending plans they had based on expected revenue.
Officials in Clinton County, southeastern Ohio, say they need to cut about £1.5 million out of their budget for 2008/2009.
Most voters in Clinton had backed the casino plan — which promised an annual windfall of more than £15 million in an area gfacing massive job lossess with the closure of an air park complex.
But across the state the ballot was rejected by a margin of nearly 2 to 1.
Rick Lertzman and Brad Pressman — cofounders of MyOhioNow.com — said their new plans would call for sites in Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Youngstown, Toledo and other areas rather than a single location.
“We remain optimistic,” Pressman said in a release. “We know there is a large base that supports the idea of a casino in Ohio. With that in mind, MyOhioNow has decided to move forward.”
Pressman and Lertzman said they would collect signatures to place a revised issue before voters at the November 2009 general election.
Tuesday’s defeat was the fourth time Ohio voters have rejected casino-style gambling at a public ballot.