Parx is praised for casino stewardship

Posted: July 19, 2014

The odds appear stacked in Parx Casino's favor.

At a public input hearing Thursday ahead of a township vote on whether to renew the casino's gaming license, comments from township and state officials and regulators were almost universally in favor of renewal.

"This has not only been a home run," State Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R., Bucks) said of the eight-year-old casino. "This has absolutely been a grand slam for Bensalem Township."

Parx officials opened the meeting with a presentation about the gaming facility, discussing the millions of dollars of tax proceeds that have gone to the township, the 2,000 jobs the casino supports, and its donations to community groups.

Several state regulators provided short testimony describing Parx as a compliant and cooperative organization.

And positive comments were offered by DiGirolamo; a nephew, Bensalem Mayor Joseph DiGirolamo; Bensalem Public Safety Director Fred Harran; and State Sen. Tommy Tomlinson (R., Bucks).

Parx "truly have become great partners in Bensalem," Tomlinson said.

The state Gaming Control Board will vote on whether to renew the license at a date to be determined, board spokesman Douglas Harbach said. If approved, the license is good for an additional three years, he said.



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