Casino revenue has provided millions of dollars for projects ranging from street lighting to emergency warning sirens in Cape Girardeau County. Mayor Harry Rediger says it has added $3 million-plus a year to the community. Isle Casino Cape Girardeau opened in late October 2012 on North Main Street and the city began receiving monthly checks in December of that year. City officials say since that time, nearly $11.5 million in casino revenue has come into the city’s coffers through May of this year. The casino also paid $2 million up front to the city for the purchase of 11 acres for the gambling venture. That money helped pay for Broadway improvements, retired airport bonds, replenished emergency reserve funds and financed a part of the design work for the new wastewater plant. Rediger tells KZIM KSIM how the casino has helped the community besides the extra revenue.
He says the casino has added between 400 and 500 jobs to the community.