Stateline casinos gaming down 17.9 percent |

Stateline casinos gaming down 17.9 percent

Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Lake Tahoe in Stateline announced a change in its management team on Wednesday, Oct. 14. Attorneys for the owners were back in court Wednesday, Oct. 28, challenging a claim by a contractor that it had not been paid yet.
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The Stateline casinos’ gaming wins were down double digits for first quarter, according to figures released by the Nevada Department of Taxation.

The main source of Douglas County’s gaming revenue is down 17.9 percent since July 1, after posting a $21.2 million win for September. That’s $2.5 million less than the same month last year, and represents a decline of 10.65 percent.

September 2014 saw the Horizon closed while it was being transformed into the Hard Rock. Room renovation at Mont Bleu and Harrah’s has also been under way.

Sales tax numbers are also down for categories generally related to the Stateline casino core.

According to figures released on Wednesday, food services and drinking places were down 1.2 percent for the month of August.

The category accounts for about a quarter of taxable sales in Douglas County, and brought in $14.3 million during the month.

Other categories made up the loss, though with the county up 6.9 percent overall in taxable sales.

General merchandise stores rang up $8.37 million, up 2.6 percent. Douglas County is home to two Walmarts and a Target, which tend to drive retail sales.

Food manufacturing shot from an insignificant category to third in the county with $5.6 million during August.

Motor vehicle and parts dealers were up 27.5 percent over last year with $3.68 million in sales.