MVSD court rejects rebates to Y'town, Niles, McDonald


A plan by the Mahoning Valley Sanitary District to distribute $5 million in rebates to Youngstown, Niles and McDonald has been emphatically rejected by the district’s court of jurisdiction, which called the proposal “ill-advised.”

The court, consisting of Judges Lou D’Apolito of Mahoning County and Ronald Rice of Trumbull County, reviews rate proposals and other matters involving MVSD. Youngstown, Niles and McDonald are its member communities.

The proposal, brought before the court more than seven months ago, asked for approval of $3.7 million in rebates to Youngstown, $1.2 million to Niles and $100,000 to McDonald. MVSD directors said the district had enough funds on hand to cover repairs to the Meander Dam and other necessities.

The dam repair project is expected to cost $28 million and take years to complete.

In their judgment entry released Friday, however, the two jurists said the rebate motion remained “dormant” for so long because “it became abundantly clear that this Court was not willing to simply provide a rubber stamp to this solicitation.” One reason it cited was a lack of support from the state auditor.

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