Thursday, February 14, 2013
St. Charles lawmaker Bill Otto introduced a bill that would prohibit casinos from being subject to smoking laws that a casino within 75 miles are not subject to.
It's all or none when it comes to smoking in casinos. At least, that's the way Missouri State Rep. Bill Otto, D-St. Charles, wants it. Otto introduced a bill—House Bill 509—to mebers of the Missouri State House of Representatives that would prohibit casinos from being subject to smoking laws that a casino within 75 miles are not subject to. Essentially, Otto wants a fair playing field. From a St. Louis Post-Dispatch report: Otto says he wants to keep one area casino from gaining a temporary advantage over another. Eventually, he said, he expects that all local communities in the St. Louis area will enact bans on smoking in casinos, bars and other public places with few exemptions, although he opposes such restrictions on businesses. “…
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
With revenue growth slowing in St. Louis' casino market, owners of casinos like Maryland Heights' Hollywood Casino are being forced to rethink strategy.
Friday, November 16, 2012
Interstate 70 will be closed Sunday from 10 to 11 a.m. Vehicles will be detoured to Interstate 364 and Interstate 270.
Interstate 70 will shut down entirely near the Blanchette Bridge on Sunday around 10 a.m. while crews blast part of the truss on the westbound span, according to the Missouri Department of Transportation. Traffic will close for about an hour to allow crews time to clear the area, remove the debris and inspect the eastbound span of the bridge for safety. In addition, the KATY Trail near the bridge, Bangert Island Conservation Area and parts of Riverwoods Trail will be closed near the bridge. A portion of Ameristar Casino will be evacuated near the trail and the casino plans to restrict portions of the parking garage close to the bridge. Eastbound traffic on I-70 will be detoured off of the highway at 94 to 364. Drivers can then head back …
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
St. Louis County Assessor Jake Zimmerman said undervaluing properties such as Harrah's Hotel and Casino puts more pressure on other taxpayers, such as those in the Pattonville School District. The Board of Equalization, which lowered the assessment, says.
- Joe Scott
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
When he looked at the discrepancy in property value placed on Harrah’s and Ameristar casinos, St. Louis County Assessor Jake Zimmerman said he knew that St. Louis County had been undervaluing Harrah’s for years. On Tuesday, the St. Louis County Board of Equalization upheld its ruling that the Harrah’s property in Maryland Heights would be valued at $215 million, not the $502 million set by the assessor’s office. As is every property owner’s right, Harrah’s had appealed its assessment with the board. The previous assessment had been $120 million on Harrah's. Meanwhile, St. Charles County Assessor Scott Shipman said the current assessment for Ameristar Casino, right across the river from Harrah’s, was set at $296 million. 'Created a problem…