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Boardman wants to talk about JEDD with Youngstown



Published: Thu, July 25, 2013 @ 12:05 a.m.

By David Skolnick

skolnick@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

Though Austintown doesn’t want to create a joint economic-development district with Youngstown for a racino under construction, the city has found a township interested in discussing the issue.

Boardman Township Administrator Jason Loree spoke last week with Youngstown Mayor Charles Sammarone about meeting to discuss the possibility of such districts in the township, both confirmed Wednesday.

Loree said he specifically wants to discuss districts for undeveloped industrial land on McClurg, Bev, Simon and Western Reserve roads.

The biggest problem in those areas is the lack of high-speed Internet lines, Loree said.

State law permits cities and townships to form a JEDD to impose income taxes in exchange for needed infrastructure. The township could use a portion of its share of an income tax for Internet lines and other infrastructure to make those areas more usable for industrial businesses, Loree said.

“A JEDD could help bring those services to those businesses,” he said. “I hope we can work things out as it will help with the long-term growth in the area. There are parts of the township that are just sitting there.”

Sammarone said he expects to meet in the coming weeks with township officials.

A JEDD is “a way of generating income for your community without raising taxes” on existing businesses, Sammarone said.

The tax would be on new businesses that open in designated JEDD locations and their workers, he said.

Austintown trustees rejected a JEDD proposal earlier this month that would provide water from the city for a racino being built there because of the tax. Sammarone said the city wants to discuss a JEDD and other options with Penn National Gaming Inc., the company building the racino. Austintown trustees are entertaining preliminary offers from Niles and McDonald to provide water to the racino without a JEDD.

Businesses in designated JEDD locations could benefit from the economic incentives offered by the city, Sammarone said.

He pointed to two examples of business incentives approved Wednesday by city council.

Council voted in favor of development deals with Strollo Architects, planning a $4 million rehabilitation project on West Federal Street, and Commercial Metal Forming, planning a $5 million expansion project on Logan Avenue.

If approved by the board of control, both companies would receive up to $2 million in low-interest loans and thousands of dollars in grants.


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1grazor50(56 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month ago

Good idea BOARDMAN! Raise taxes,, raise taxes raise taxes again,, and then go after an income tax on top of that,,, another GOVERNMENT money grab! If Boardman does not have enough money with the current tax base, then there is so much waste in government there needs to be an investigation! Also,, if this is a serious discussion to give more money to YOUNGSTOWN ( CITY of wasteful spending and declining citizens ) then it is time to replace the existing trustees! The city just received major income source from the new V&M plant, but has anyone seen where this money goes? Water service in the MCClurg area is not effected as the source is NOT Youngstown water ,, it is AQUA water, so that is not the reason,,, paying top dollar for someone like LOREE and his answer is "WE NEED MORE MONEY!",,,, TYPICAL
REMOVE ALL of the leaders and get some honest citizens that stop spending instead of needing more,,,

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2dd933(229 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month ago

The City of Akron has JEDDs with nearly all of its adjoining townships. The economy of Summit County is robust as compared with Mahoning - median income is 25% higher there than here. If we want to compete in a global economy we better start working together - it's the 21st century now and your fathers' steel mills are not coming back. You can question reality all you want but your kids will be moving to a place where they have a regional approach to development. (Like Columbus where they annex everybody who drinks their water.)

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3PhilKidd(186 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month ago

Thank you for being willing to initiate the discussion, Jason Loree. That's regional leadership. I have mixed feelings about entering into an economic development deal that could potentially perpetuate sprawl further southward in a region that is not experiencing net growth and has an abundance of already existing underutilized industrial land within its existing footprint, however, your willing to discuss working together cooperatively regarding such deals is refreshing and appreciated...and hopefully only the beginning.

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4youngspartanrepublican(92 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month ago

How the heck is high speed internet infrastructure poor there? Armstrong cable is right down the street practically on 626.

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5dd933(229 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month ago

The median income comparison was between the counties. The same comparison between Akron & Youngstown would be more like 50% - but then we store all of our poor people in Youngstown. As for Pittsburgh - The State of Pennsylvania requires every county to develop a land use and growth management plan. It's just too bad our regional economic development decisions are made by self-seeking local cronies.

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