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)
- Developer and city strike a deal, clearing way for casino (WOSU)
- Kasich’s casino play is coming up lemons (Plain Dealer)
- Rising state revenue are unlikely to ease budget cuts (Columbus Dispatch)
- Kasich says extra budget money should not go to local governments (Plain Dealer)
- Ohio State Sen. Jimmy Stewart, the majority floor leader, is resigning from the Senate in July (Dayton Daily News)
- Ohio banks could get tax break (Columbus Dispatch)
- Ohio House OKs drilling in parks (Toledo Blade)