CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) -- Allegany County is betting on education.
The Cumberland Times-News reports that the county commissioners approved a plan Thursday to use some of the money generated by a state tax on the Rocky Gap Casino to fund scholarships for local residents.
The county says it expects to get about $700,000 from the tax this fiscal year. Seventy percent of that money will go into a fund designated for scholarships to Allegany College of Maryland and Frostburg State University.
The rest will go to local fire-and-rescue companies, Allegany County public schools and county projects.
The commissioners say they want to boost the county's education level. Just 16 percent of county residents have a bachelor's degree or higher. That puts Allegany County 22nd among the 23 Maryland counties and Baltimore city.
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