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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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1Knightcap(698 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

Those Youngstown politicians are real bloodsuckers. Show these administrators salaries and benefits. It's sickening. They've done nothing with reducing the city income tax and they continue to try all avenues to extract more. It's like watching the Sopranos shake down businesses for money. Lisa Oles you're doing a fine job for that township. Others take notice. You get these crooked democrats who kill more jobs than create. When that income tax went to 2.75 all the professionals moved their offices to the burbs. I wonder if all the Youngstown administration actually live within the city limits.

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2MPur1021240(15 comments)posted 1 year, 2 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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3janeyblue3(61 comments)posted 1 year, 2 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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4makesyathink(40 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

So tired of Youngstown trying to grab up some of the best things that the suburbs have struggled to get. Blackmail with the water - plain and simple. They killed their town and now want everyone to be miserable. Thank you Austintown Trustees for saying NO to Youngstown - they can use their own stinkin resources to dump into their unfixable city.

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5bgreene(142 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

Austintown Trustees:

Send the Youngstown shakedown artists a copy of "The Little Red Hen" for their reading pleasure....assuming they can read.

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