The state Gaming Commission has put off for another week a decision on how to distribute proceeds from horse racing to communities that host tracks.

The host communities such as Plainville are entitled to 0.35 percent of the so-called "handle," or total amount bet at tracks.

However, when the Legislature passed a bill last year creating the Gaming Commission, it eliminate the existing method of distributing the funds because the Gaming Commission took over the duties of the old Racing Commission. As a result, Plainville has not received a $194,000 share of the fund it is entitled to as the home of Plainridge Racecourse, a harness racing track on Route 1. Town officials have said the loss of the money has put a hole in its $25 million budget.

Elaine Driscoll, a spokeswoman for the Gaming Commission, said the board wants more information on the issue so it put off the matter until next week.

- Jim Hand

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