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Austintown trustees oppose JEDD idea

Published: Mon, July 8, 2013 @ 9:42 p.m.

Austintown trustees oppose JEDD idea

All three township trustees said they do not support Youngstown Mayor Charles Sammarone’s plan to create a joint economic development district in the location of the racino.

Forming the JEDD would enable both Austintown and Youngstown to receive money from an income tax that could be placed on those who work for Hollywood Slots at Mahoning Valley Race Course and a profit tax on the racino.

“I have a problem with the idea that we finally have jobs coming to our area and greedy politicians immediately want to start taxing the working class men and women making $10 to $15 an hour before they even get those jobs,” Trustee Lisa Oles, said at the trustees’ meeting Monday.

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1MPur1021240(15 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

I am not so sure Youngstown needs the income. Has anyone driven down Meridian Road Lately? Lots of new business there and still Meridian Road is one of the most unfit four lane roadways I have ever had the displeasure of driving on. Wasn't the JEDD with Girard and Liberty enough to fix this road?. Not to mention that many years ago Youngstown had a shot at River Boat Gambling down near B&O Station and the citizenry had a fit at the very mention of the idea. Niles could also use the income and being that they are also part of MVSD, I'd rather see them get the JEDD than these blackmailing thugs in Youngstown. Ask Liberty and Girard citizens if they have seen any favorable action from the JEDD's with Youngstown after all, they blackmailed those communities too!

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2janeyblue3(83 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Half of Merdian Rd. is Youngstown. Half Austintown. The bad side you refer to must be the Youngstown side.
Youngstown has held everyone who uses "city" water hostage for eons. And now they want more? No. Thank you Atown trustees for standing up to the bullies.

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3NoBS(2510 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

I like how the Youngstown city council was absolutely quiet while the Racino was in the planning stages. Not one offer to help with anything, offer reduced water rates, apply influence where needed, or anything at all! Now, when it looks like the Racino will actually happen, there's Youngstown with its hand out.

The 40% surcharge the city charges the suburbs for water is what keeps the city going. Yes, I know that water department funds can only be used in the water department, but that surcharge funds the entire water department. The city water department uses ZERO money from the General Fund, which is then 'divvied up' to the rest of the city departments.

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