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Austintown receives first $1 million from racino

Published: Wed, November 13, 2013 @ 12:07 a.m.


By Kalea Hall



Austintown Township trustees at their Tuesday meeting announced the arrival of $1 million from the Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course.

“We are just excited to receive the first part of the money, and within a few months we will receive the second installation,” said Jim Davis, trustee.

The township used $850,000 of the $1 million to pay off a loan used to purchase a new communication system in a joint effort with Boardman Township. The townships split the cost of the new communication system.

In addition to receiving the $1 million this year and next year, the township will receive $500,000 every year after that as long as the racino remains open.

Davis said the additional funding from the racino enables the township to focus on improving and growing infrastructure.

In the future, the trustees will decide how to best use the monies.

Construction on the Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course is on schedule and set to open fall 2014.

The roof should be put on this week on the main building, Davis said.

Davis, during the meeting, also commented on the racing commission’s issue with the number of horse stalls at the racetrack.

In October, the racing commission publicly announced a concern with the number of stalls. The commission believes there should be upwards of 1,000, not the 760 stalls Penn National Gaming has set.

Davis said at the meeting he thinks the commission is “trying to put a loophole” in Penn National Gaming’s plans.

“We are not going to let up,” Davis said.


1author50(1121 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

Please hire more police officers to ticket all the people who will be driving to and from the racino once it opens.

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2bcdevellin(9 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

Why would you ticket people for driving to and from a casino? I like to gamble and hate alcohol. I rarely drink and if I do it's in the comfort of my own home. So yeah, if you mean people who drink and drive I understand. The highway patrol and APD have that well under control in this area that's for sure. I do also worry about the crime rate increasing in this area due to the casino, but only time will tell.

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3walter_sobchak(2728 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

Are you ever wrong! Benefits paid to seniors from Social Security are from the trust fund that is amassed by employee/employer contributions. Now, the federal government pays interest on the Treasury bonds and notes the fund holds but that money will be paid out to whomever purchases the bonds. If a senior wants to spend their time plunking coins in a slot machine, who am I to tell them no. This is far different than people on the government dole that buy steak with food stamps or lottery tickets if on welfare.

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4walter_sobchak(2728 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

You're not wrong; you're just an idiot. Welfare is a gift, Social Security is earned. Not on the dole either as I usually work about 10 hours a day but I do get breaks where I can check my e-mail and keep up with news.

BTW, it is "you're" a contraction for "you are", not "your" a pronoun that is possessive.

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5harleydog(243 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

Social security is paid for buy the employee through payroll deduction during their working years. They can spend it the way they want. What makes the difference if they spend it at a casino, restaurant, bar, new car, vacation or prepaying for their funeral. Its their money and they can spend it the way they like. You can not compare it to a welfare check or food stamp.

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6harleydog(243 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

sorry by not buy, I stand corrected.

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7vinglass(295 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

Walter and Harley...thank you both!! Many people assume that SS benefits are a handout. This money is OUR money, paid into SS over many years, from our paychecks.
However, I think there are many scammers on SSI and SSD

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8redvert(2240 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

But the problem with your train of thought gdog is that you do not realize that you yourself are explaining the difference between welfare and Social security, "TAX DOLLARS"!!! Where do tax dollars come from, people that work and PAY TAXES. Take your time now, see if that all makes sense.....

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