FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:
Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios
732-745-5792

Freeholder Director Encourages Voters
to Approve Ballot Question No. 1

If Passed, Veterans’ Organizations Would Be Able to Use Profits
from Games of Chance to Support Their Operations

OCTOBER 24, 2014 – Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios is encouraging voters to allow veterans organizations the ability to keep profits from games of chance, such as bingo and raffles, to support their efforts.

The Middlesex County Freeholder Board passed a resolution at its Oct. 17 meeting supporting the passage of Ballot Question No. 1 in the Nov. 5 General Election.

“On Nov. 5 when you go to vote, you will be asked to consider Public Question No. 1, a Constitutional Amendment that would allow bona fide veterans’ organizations, registered with the New Jersey Legalized Games of Chance Control Commission and licensed by a municipality, to use the net proceeds from existing games of chance (such as bingo, lotto, or raffles) for the support of their organizations,” Rios said.

“These organizations provide vital services in our communities to the men and women who have served our country through Military Service. It is time that we show our veterans our appreciation by passing this amendment and enabling them to raise and keep the funds they need to maintain their buildings and keep their services available,” Rios said.

Currently, veterans’ organizations are required to dedicate the proceeds they raise from games of chance to educational, charitable, patriotic, religious or public-spirited uses.

Approval of this Amendment will not cause any tax increase or liability to taxpayers, and more importantly, it will allow veterans’ organizations the ability to use a portion of the proceeds earned from their games of chance to help cover their rising operational costs, including building maintenance, electric, gas, oil and other utility bills.

Senior citizens groups currently have this permission.

“My Freeholder colleagues and I ask the residents of Middlesex County to join us in supporting our veterans by voting yes on Public Question No. 1,” Rios said.