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CASINO MONEY: Riverboat tax monday pays for city police cars

October 5, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A budget change went into affect when Mayor Ryan Daniel took office in 2012, and many believe it was for the better.

Previously, the police department's squad cars were purchased through the city's general funds.

With the department replacing 2-3 vehicles per year, some citizens were distraught that local tax money was funding the new vehicles.

After some adjustments to the budget, Daniel decided to use the city's "riverboat" money to purchase squad cars.

The riverboat tax was established in 1993 by the Indiana General Assembly to bring economic opportunity and job creation to the state.

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