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Liverpool eyes slice of casino revenue

September 12, 2012
By JO ANN BOBBY-GILBERT - Staff Writer (jgilbert@mojonews.com) , Morning Journal News

EAST LIVERPOOL - The city could be joining other communities seeking a share of casino revenue expected by county commissioners, after action taken Tuesday by City Council's finance committee.

Committee members voted unanimously to forward a resolution for council's consideration at Monday's meeting requesting commissioners share and distribute casino tax revenue with the same formula used to distribute Local Government Funds.

Service-Safety Director Ryan Estell had suggested at the last council meeting that such a resolution be adopted, citing the city's loss of LGF monies in recent years.

"The county has said it would like to replace its LGF when the rest of us are not getting anything to replace our loss," he told council.

The resolution notes that commissioners received the first tax payment of $94,000, and they plan to use it to offset cuts in the county's LGF share but that other political subdivisions have also suffered the same types of cuts.

Committee Chairman Sherrie Curtis pointed out, "We were affected first (by LGF cuts) and we lost a huge amount of money."

The city lost more than $1 million in the first LGF cut several years ago and has seen other cuts, as have other communities, since.

The committee also forwarded for council's consideration an ordinance establishing a $500 fee for applications to have streets vacated to cover the cost of notification and advertisements that are mandated for such actions.

Of the total, $100 will be used by the planning department for the application fee and $150 to cover the cost of postage and publication. The remaining $250 will go to City Council to cover the cost of postage and publication of legal notices it also has to issue.

Any portion of the $500 not used will be returned to the applicant.

The same fee is charged for zoning change applications, and Curtis said planning Director Bill Cowan has said there have been no problems with refunding the unused fees.

Also forwarded to council was an ordinance amending the budget to reflect adjustments in appropriations.

Council meets at 7 p.m. Monday.

 
 

 

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