After an informational session two weeks ago, the Campbell County Commissioners voted on September 17th to permit horse race wagering. Commissioners Chairman Dan Coolidge said the resolution formally approves para-mutual betting in Campbell County. Coolidge said off track betting, historic racing, and potential live racing at the Cam-Plex Events Center are approved under the resolution. Coolidge did note that any live racing at Cam-Plex would be “a few years down the road”, and based on the success of off track betting.
Before the vote yesterday, the commissioners took in some voter history information. Coolidge said one of the considerations for the approval yesterday's resolution, was for para-mutual betting having the approval of Campbell County voters. Coolidge said the voters made that approval in 1980 by a “narrow margin”. And that vote acts in perpetuity, and allows for para-mutual betting throughout the future of the county.
“Historically, when we had horse racing here back in the 80’s, I know that there was some public concern about the fact that it lost money. It cost the tax payers money to operate it, and this will be different in the fact that we won’t have any financial exposure at all to the tax payers. The costs will be born soley by the race promoters, so its actually a win win situation for Campbell County. Part of the revenues go back to the City and County."---Coolidge