Racino Payments In State Budget To Benefit Austintown Township
$500,000 for next two years will help pay for increased local services

State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) today lauded the securing of funds in the state budget for payments to Austintown Township and the other racino communities. House Bill 64, the biennial budget passed by the legislature last week, included a provision to make two annual $500,000 payments to each of the racino communities.

“While the budget does not include the annual payments originally promised to the racino communities, the funds that are allocated will help Austintown pay for the increased public safety and infrastructure costs related to the racino,” said Rep. Lepore-Hagan. “I am pleased I was able to work in a bi-partisan fashion with elected officials from both chambers to help secure these critical funds.” 

Rep. Lepore-Hagan originally submitted a bi-partisan amendment in March to secure additional payments for the racino communities. The original amendment required $500,000 payments be made to the six racino host communities for the next six years, instead of just two; the amount of time matches payments to the fund that will be coming from casino operators under prior agreements with the state. The funds would have come from the Casino Operator Settlement Fund.  

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