Nebraskans voted in favour of three measures that would change the constitution to allow casino-style gambling to be provided by racetracks.
On the November 3 vote, almost 65 per cent of Nebraska people agreed to the gambling extension. The shift would make table games and slot machines at racetracks, creating more revenue for the government.
The three ballot questions asked voters if they wished to amend the constitution to facilitate gambling in the casino form, to establish a regulatory structure headed by the Nebraska Gaming Commission and to place a 20 percent annual tax on gross gambling profits.
The tax collected would be split with 70 percent going to the property tax relief cash fund, 25 percent to the approved gaming counties, 2.5 percent to the help fund for compulsive gamblers and the remaining 2.5 percent to the general fund for Nebraska.
Janet Palmtag, a local businesswoman running for a position as a representative for Nebraska Legislative District 1, endorsed casino gambling during the campaign as the’ only viable option for achieving real property tax relief.’
In Nebraska, there are currently six racetracks that will now be eligible to seek the permission of the state to add casino gambling. There has also been interest expressed by two other Western Nebraskan communities.