The Deal Is Done: The Columbus Casino Gets Water and Sewer

This week Columbus on the Record panelists discuss the agreement between Penn National Gaming Inc. with the city of Columbus and Franklin County in the dispute over connecting the casino property off West Broad Street to Columbus’ water and sewer system.

Penn National Vice President Eric Schippers said the company has agreed to annex from Franklin Township into the City of Columbus, in return it will receive water and sewer services. “A key goal for us has been to work to remove all impediments to the development of our casino and this was a big one,” Schippers said.

Also this week: the consulting firm Governor Kasich hired is still seeking more revenue from the casino deal; a key supporter of Senate Bill 5 is leaving office; rising Ohio state revenue is not likely to ease budget cuts; banks could be receiving a tax break; and a bill allowing drilling in Ohio state parks passed.


  • Catherine Turcer (Ohio Citizen Action)
  • Gene Krebs (Greater Ohio Policy Center)
  • Bill Cohen (Ohio Public Radio)
  • Jim Siegel (The Columbus Dispatch)

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Segments On This Episode (on YouTube)

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The Columbus Casino Finally Gets Water and Sewer

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Ohio State Senator Jimmy Stewart Will Resign

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Rising Ohio Revenue Is Unlikely To Ease Budget Cuts

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Ohio Banks May Get A Tax Break

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Ohio House Approves Drilling in State Parks

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