Washington County Commissioners eye projects for $6.3 million in gaming revenues

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The Washington County commissioners on Wednesday announced they will recommend $6.3 million in funding for an assortment of local projects through the county's share of slot revenue generated from The Meadows Racetrack & Casino.

The projects, submitted by the county's Local Share Account Review Committee, include $3.5 million in funding for water and sewerage projects. Another $550,000 is set aside for improvements at two county business parks, while commissioners are recommending major funding for a handful of pet projects.

They include $339,320 for a restoration and expansion of the Monongahela Aquatorium and $500,000 for the rehabilitation of a former YWCA in Washington, Pa. to serve as headquarters for a local disability organization. Another $700,000 is earmarked for job creation.

Each year, the county receives a share of gaming revenues from the casino to spend on economic development and other projects to improve the community. The funding has previously been integral in several key economic projects, commission Chairman Larry Maggi said.

"Over the past six years of this program, we have been able to utilize LSA funding to invest in infrastructure, community improvement and economic development projects to create jobs for our citizens and continue our economic growth as a county," he said.

The project list will be forwarded to the state Department of Community and Economic Development for final approval.

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