Cecil County withholds slots pay out to Perryville

By: Jeff Hager, ABC2.

PERRYVILLE, Md. – Plans for a new baseball field in Perryville remain on hold after the town has gone to bat against Cecil County for withholding its cut of the slots money from Hollywood Casino, and thus far, it’s struck out.

“I think some residents feel they were sold a bill of goods and that some parties, whether it’s the county or the state, are reneging on promises made,” said Bob James of Perryville.

Perryville Mayor James Eberhardt says the town agreed to a 35 percent cut of the slots money that goes to Cecil County long before the 1,500 machines lit up at the casino, and the facility has paid off with more than $4.5 million to the county in its first nine months of operation.

But the county has balked at giving Perryville its cut, and it’s now attempting to treat the money as a grant, which would expire in three years

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Cecil County withholds slots pay out to Perryville.

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