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State budget includes $1 million for Austintown

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Austintown and five other Ohio communities are in line to each receive $1 million dollars over the next two years under the state budget signed into law by Governor John Kasich on Tuesday.

The spending plan includes a provision entitling each community with a racino to receive $500,000 before the end of 2015 and another $500,000 before the close of 2016.

Half of the amount would come from the existing Casino Operator Settlement Fund. The other half would come from the operator of the racino in the individual communities.

The State Senator Joe Schiavoni, who sponsored the legislation seeking the payments, says that when plans for Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course were still in the talking stages, it was decided that the governor's office, the racino operators and the racing commission would work out a plan to make payments to cover the additional costs of police and fire protection needed by the communities.

The agreement was never worked out.

Late last year Governor Kasich vetoed legislation that would have given provided $500,000 each to Austintown and Dayton, where Penn National Gaming operates racinos.

Schiavoni says this legislation is different in that it provides payments to all six communities that have racinos.

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