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Slots revenue to fund Allegany scholarships

Friday - 12/20/2013, 6:00pm  ET

CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) -- Allegany County is betting on education.

The Cumberland Times-News reports that the county commissioners approved a plan Thursday to use some of the money generated by a state tax on the Rocky Gap Casino to fund scholarships for local residents.

The county says it expects to get about $700,000 from the tax this fiscal year. Seventy percent of that money will go into a fund designated for scholarships to Allegany College of Maryland and Frostburg State University.

The rest will go to local fire-and-rescue companies, Allegany County public schools and county projects.

The commissioners say they want to boost the county's education level. Just 16 percent of county residents have a bachelor's degree or higher. That puts Allegany County 22nd among the 23 Maryland counties and Baltimore city.

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