Niles offers water to racino

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Austintown Township trustees said their best bet to supply water to the new racino could come from the city of Niles.

Trustee Jim Davis said Niles officials contacted them Friday offering to set up a meeting to discuss providing water to the new facility on Route 46 with “no strings attached.”

Earlier this week, Austintown trustees said they were not interested in a Joint Economic Development District with Youngstown, which would allow the city to share in the property taxes with Austintown.

“The city of Youngstown was seemingly looking for their piece of the pie, what they were able to get out of Penn National,” said Davis. “The city of Niles is just looking for a water customer and Penn National would be a huge water customer to whoever they get water from.”

Penn National will ultimately decide who they contract with for water. Davis said they hope to have a deal in place by the end of July.

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