DETROIT Casinos have paid just over $1 billion in taxes and fees to Detroit since the first opened nearly eight years ago. Some of that money has been used to increase police patrols, contributing to a decrease in downtown crime over a five-year period beginning in 2001.
Amount of money the city has received each year:
1999: $26.6 million (taxes and fees from MGM Grand and MotorCity)
2000: $86.5 million (Greektown opened part-way through the year)
2001: $112.7 million (first year all three casinos open for full year)
2002: $124.7 million
2003: $125.8 million
2004: $140.1 million
2005: $161 million
2006: $171.1 million
January-July 2007: $92.4 million (wagering taxes only)
Major crime incidents downtown 2001-2005:
Homicide: 9 (2001), 5 (2005)
Rape: 11, 10
Robbery: 149, 173
Felonious assault: 245, 177
Burglary: 131, 168
Larceny: 1,888, 1,079
Motor vehicle theft: 594, 413
SOURCES: Michigan Gaming Control Board; Michigan Metropolitan Information Center, Wayne State University.
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