Erie City Council: City deserves gaming revenue

Erie City Council seeks Senate support for share of casino funds

ERIE, Pa. -- The Erie City Council is asking the Pennsylvania State Senate to support legislation that would provide the city a half-million dollars from gaming revenue.

The council waived rules to discuss and approve a resolution that was not on the agenda.

Erie City Councilman Bob Merski said it was important, because the letter urges PA State Senator Dan Laughlin and the Senate to ensure that language in House Bill 271 that provides $500,000 for the City of Erie remains.

Merski, who moved the resolution, said the money would support public safety.

He said the City of Erie does not receive local revenue sharing from the Presque Isle Casino & Downs, because the City does not share a border with the host municipality.

"Under the current legislation: because we are not a contiguous municipality to Summit Township that hosts the casino, we are not eligible for money,” he said. “This recognizes that there would be no casino without the population of Erie. And what this allows us to do is recapture some of those funds."

That bill would also give Erie County full control over the distribution of $11 million. Those funds are currently divided between the county and the Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority (ECGRA).

The legislation could allocate $1.5 million dollars every year for a land bank to fight blight in Erie County.


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