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#2 Washington County/Riverside Legal Dispute

Posted: Friday, January 1st, 2010 at 7:09 am

Washington County and the City of Riverside are locked in a legal dispute stemming from a revenue sharing agreement created when the casino was built. The county agreed to help Riverside make water and sewer improvements to accommodate the casino. In exchange, the county was supposed to receive part of the money the casino pays Riverside each year. Riverside later said they would not make the payments because they exceeded their allowable constitutional debt when they made the infrastructure upgrades. The county maintains that since the casino money does not come from taxpayers, it does not create constitutional debt. Riverside did not make the annual payment this July, and the dispute went into litigation.