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Austintown trustees announce new racino proposal

Published: Sat, July 13, 2013 @ 12:08 a.m.

By Kalea hall

and David skolnick



The Austintown Township trustees have received another option for providing water services to the racino from the city of Niles.

On Friday morning, trustee Jim Davis said he received a proposal from the Niles Service Director Neil Buccino for the city to make Penn National its water customer with “no strings attached.”

“I am assuming by that they don’t want a joint economic development district, they don’t want to add any surcharges or any taxes to the water,” Davis said. “They just want to provide water to the racino and have Penn National as a customer, like any other business.”

All three of the trustees have said they are against the JEDD that the city of Youngstown proposed to them, which they feel would deter future business from coming to the area and would also cause higher taxes on Penn National and its employees. A JEDD would enable Penn National to use infrastructure such as water and sewer lines. The city would be able to tax the company for the use of those services.

Mayor of Youngstown Charles Sammarone said the JEDD would bring in money to both communities. Austintown Township Trustee Lisa Oles and Davis told The Vindicator last week Youngstown officials said the JEDD could bring in $2 million to the community.

Sammarone said if Penn National can get a better deal from Niles on water, the company should do so.

But Sammarone said he doubts the company can get a better deal from Niles, which would have to build water lines to the racino. Also, he doesn’t know about Penn National’s sewer lines.

“I never said we weren’t going to give them water,” Sammarone said. “We have a population loss and we need ways to generate tax money. If [Penn National] doesn’t want to do this, that’s fine.”

Youngstown wants to work out an economic development deal with Penn National that would provide the racino not only with water and sewer services, but also financial incentives, he said.

“They won’t get a better economic deal than what we offer,” Sammarone said. “I don’t blame any business for getting a better deal, but I don’t think they’ll do better than the incentives we offer.”

The proposal given by Niles would require the city to run waterlines to Austintown, which could cost up to $1.6 million, Davis said.

Davis contacted Penn National to tell them about the proposal, which the company thought was outstanding, but they are exploring all options.

“Ultimately the decision has to be made between Penn National and the city of Niles,” Davis said.

Davis said all of the trustees were ecstatic to hear the news about the new proposal and they plan to meet with the city of Niles administrators in the near future.

“This is outstanding news that we have this type of effort being made between two neighboring communities,” Davis said.

Niles administrators could not be reached to comment late Friday.


11970mach1(1005 comments)posted 3 years ago

Hopefully Austintown will stand up to Youngstown.

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2valleyred(1103 comments)posted 3 years ago

Scary what can happen when power gets to a persons head. Sammarone... ENOUGH with this nonsense!

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3nuganuech(46 comments)posted 3 years ago

Good going Niles. Just make a common sense offer, that doesn't try to suck a business dry and mooch off a neighboring community. Hey Youngstown, here's an idea; stop wasting the money you receive instead of looking for more to waste.

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4author50(1121 comments)posted 3 years ago

Mayor Strongarm doesn't give a damn about his citizens. Want proof? Go down to city hall Monday thru Friday 8-4 and talk to the people in line about all sorts of problems they are experiencing with the city of Youngstown's water department.

He only cares about his standing on the hand ball courts, his retirement checkie, getting another term as President of Council, and funding more money for his son's failed bar downtown.

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5Miki(99 comments)posted 3 years ago

If you live in a township, please join our family in boycotting Ytown. Thank you Niles!

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6AtownAugie(891 comments)posted 3 years ago

The nexus of the issue seems to be running water lines to Austintown -- and perhaps sanitary sewer lines as well. *Wondering here* -- What happens if the Atown Trustees offer a 5-year construction bond for water users in Atown to buy water from Niles? I suspect such a bond would pass with 99% approving. And I further suspect the fine citizens of Mineral Ridge would also want to get involved. A corridor on the west and northwest side of "that city" would complement nicely the corridor on the south and southeast side ranging from Boardman to Poland. "That city" then could continue to wither-on-the-vine as it seems so desirous of doing. *Wondering....*

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7RedDevil4Life(5 comments)posted 3 years ago

Well here we go again. No one wants to play with Youngstown. It's o.k. that we have supplied them with water all these years but hey the dog and pony show starts. Mayor Sammarone didn't start the way Austintown gets their water from Youngstown or the charges and taxes that apply. City govt is like big business you need to be aggressive to sustain. You talk about sur charges. Well of course there are sur charges its not Austintown Twp. Employees fixing those pipes when they break its Ytown employees. You think when something happens and there is a problem with the water when and if Niles supplies it they won't be looking for some money too. Come on people open your eyes these different govenments don't care about the money you are spending. This whole area is going down hill and its always going to be a money grab no matter what. If I was in charge I would dig up Meridian Rd. put caps on the end of the pipes and tell Austintown GOOD LUCK. Then tell Niles they can rent our pipes that run through Austinton. Cause when its all said and done thats what they will have to do. See how that is how a bully works. But instead Mayor Sammarone looks at the angle of we are there, tie in, we get some you get some we are all happy. Oh well either way all the fighting that comes along with it all just shows why this area will never strive again cause no one wants to work together. Oh by the way Niles is in Trumbull Co. SO WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO. Last time i checked Austintown was in Mahoning Co.so not only does the city possibly lose out so does the whole county. Take a hard look into where the monies are going and whose really trying to fatten their pocket.

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8busyman(239 comments)posted 3 years ago

I guess Don Samarone gave us an offer we can refused. That's the way trustees.

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9TB(1167 comments)posted 3 years ago

Red Devil...What You Ignore Is That Penn National,Along With Every Resident And Business In Austintown, Pays For The Water Service. Water Is Not Donated To The Townshi From Youngstown...Water I Might Add That Is Much Closer To Austintown Than Youngstown.

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10RedDevil4Life(5 comments)posted 3 years ago

TB... I am not ignoring that fact. What you are ignoring is that Niles also does not want nothing for the water service either. The fact remains if your so close to Meander have your high class wonderful township pay the millions upon millions to make your own water service. Oh wait thats right all of the pipes belong to Youngstown cause in 1793 when Austintown was founded and in 1796 when Youngstown was founded apparently someone was thinking for the future 3 years after your township was founded. Be that as it may my point is that Youngstown just like Austintown and even Niles who threw their hat in the ring are out to do what they can to sustain. Im not taking away from Austintown it is a beautiful community which im sure all your residents want to keep it that way. Don't blame the mayor of Youngstown for trying to do the same and trying to revitalize the city.

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11TB(1167 comments)posted 3 years ago

I've Ignored Nothing. Niles Is Simply Asking For The Same Rates It Would Charge Any OthEr Business, At Least On Initial Reports Of The Niles Offer.
Youngstown Is Seizing This As An Opportunity To Squeeze A Business That Will Already Be Purchasing Services.
I Understand YoungstownS Point Of View, But Can't Endorse It. The Struggle To Simply Get The RacinO Approved As A Noon To The Area Was Enough. Perhaps If The Mayor Concentrates On Cleaning Up The West Side And Making It Presentable And Alluring, And Making The Roads Drivable, Then The Customers To The Racine Can Enjoy Some Time In Youngstown, Which Will Literally Be five Minutes Away By Car.

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