If you are like me, you like to patronize local businesses that believe in giving back to the communities in which they do business. It may surprise some to know that the local casinos do just that.
The four local casinos are the Golden Nugget, Great American, Macau and Riverside. All four have been donating $50 a month to the Tukwila Pantry since the summer of 2012. In addition each casino has donated funds for the construction of our new Tukwila Library, part of the overall Tukwila Village project: Great American, $1,500, Riverside, $1,500, Golden Nugget, $500, and Macau, $500. This is cash right off the bottom line. Great American has this listed in their company values: Citizenship: We will support the communities in which we live and work.
These businesses also pay a 10 percent gambling tax on gross receipts; that means before expenses. It is a bit too high in my opinion. In the first quarter of 2013, Tukwila residents received $557,000 in revenues. In the second quarter of 2013, Tukwila residents received $631,000 in revenues.
If you are thinking about having dinner out or watching a ballgame in a sports-bar environment, give these businesses a shot. After all, they support your community.