Austintown trustee wants meeting on racino

Austintown trustee wants meeting on racino

YOUNGSTOWN — With a stalemate on creating a joint economic development district to share tax money at a racino under construction in Austintown, Trustee Jim Davis requested today a meeting of officials from the township, Youngstown and Penn National Gaming Inc. to discuss the matter.

Under the city’s plan, Youngstown and Austintown would share money collected from an income tax on workers at Hollywood Slots at Mahoning Valley Race Course, opening next year in the township, and a profit tax on money made by Penn National at the racino. State law permits cities and townships to form a JEDD to impose taxes in exchange for needed infrastructure, such as water and sewer lines, from the city.

Township trustees don’t support the plan, but Davis, chairman of the board of trustees, said today he contacted Penn National officials seeking a meeting with company, township and city officials.

“If the township trustees ask us to meet and talk, we would certainly accommodate them,” said Bob Tenenbaum, a Penn National spokesman. “They’ve been extremely cooperative with us.”

When told of Davis’ request by a Vindicator reporter, Youngstown Mayor Charles Sammarone said, “Have him call me and the two of us can talk. Then we’ll see if we need to talk to Penn National.”

For the complete story, read Wednesday’s Vindicator and

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