EAST PALESTINE - Yet another municipality is requesting commissioners share the casino tax revenue they receive from the state.
This week councilman and finance committee chairman Jim Tyger recommended council pass a resolution that would "put more heat on the commissioners" and make up losses in local government funding.
The resolution requests commissioners share the taxes generated by casinos that opened in Cleveland and Toledo in May. The casinos are the first to operate in Ohio and their tax revenue is targeted to be split among all 88 counties, school districts, host cities and other funds.
Referring to the recent passage of the resolution in Salem, Tyger said, "Commissioners have been questioned about these funds."
He added that local government funding (LGF) has been "drying up in the county" and noted the village received $27,000 less this year than it did in 2011. Even less funding is expected for next year.
The funding cuts are a result of cuts included in the state's biennial budget. Commissioners first receive the LGF funding, of which they retain half, and the rest is divided among the cities, villages and townships.
Lisbon was the first to suggest sharing the casino revenue, although council has not acted on the legislation yet. East Liverpool is also considering putting the request before commissioners. The emergency resolution was unanimously adopted by East Palestine council on Monday.
In other business, Village Manager Pete Monteleone said the surveillance cameras are installed at the park and working very well.
"It's wonderful. It far exceeds expectations on what you can see," he said.
Todd and Jamie Rosen donated $15,000 for the system that also includes sound surveillance.
"It was a wonderful donation to the village and what an asset that is going to be to us monitoring what goes on in the park," Monteleone said.