No gaming miracle March this year
March was anything but miraculous when it came to the take at the Stateline casinos.
The main source of Douglas County’s gaming revenue raked in $14.57 million during March, down 12.84 percent compared to the same month in 2017.
The Stateline casinos are still up a little bit three-quarters of the way through their fiscal year, with $175 million, up 2.1 percent.
Some of that traffic may have come down to the valleys during stormy weather with casinos in the East Fork Township and Carson City up 12.66 percent during the month. Douglas and Carson share the tax revenue from those locations, which are up 7.17 percent for the fiscal year starting July 1, 2017.
So far casinos in the two jurisdictions have raked in $80.5 million in the first three quarters.
Statewide casinos pulled in slightly more than $1 million, up 3.3 percent over March 2017.
Clark County accounted for the vast majority of that with $888 million. Washoe County brought in $70.4 million. Elko County casinos brought in $27.1 million.
Douglas County merchants saw a 2 percent increase in taxable sales during February.
According to figures released by the Nevada Department of Taxation, county food service and drinking places saw an 11 percent increase to $13.1 million. The largest category in the county, much of that is generated by the Stateline casinos.
General merchandise stores, which include both Douglas Walmarts and the Target, brought in $6.9 million, up 4.5 percent from February 2017.
The county’s third-highest category was down to nearly half what it was during the same month. Merchant wholesalers of durable goods brought in $4.2 million during the month, down from $8 million.
Helping to make up for that a bit was a big increase in building material and garden equipment and supplies, which raked in $3.5 million up more than $1 million from the year before.
The county receives the same amount from the state regardless of how much money it brings in.