Tioga County receives money from casino fees

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“Lady Luck” may be smiling on the small town of Nichols.

A lot of tax revenue from Tioga Downs casino is pouring into the small town.

“I can’t tell you how long the money we’re receiving from Tioga Downs is going to be sustained,” said Nichols town supervisor Kevin Engelbert.  “I hope it’s for a long time, because we could do a lot of good with it, our town has been under an austerity budget for many many years, for decades actually.”

Engelbert plans to work on the old roads, upgrade the town hall, community center and the Cady Library – which residents call the town’s “jewel.”

“Cady Library is going to receive some increased funding for the library and the part time staff. We also want to make some upgrades to the building, we want to make sure the library stays relevant to the future,” said Engelbert.

So far this year, casino taxes for Nichols totaled nearly $600,000 – that’s nearly enough cash to meet the town’s annual budget, which goes to show just how important this casino is to this small town of nearly 3,000 people.

“You know, the action that the casino has over there, the overflow will be into town here so anything that they have here, the ice cream parlor, the bars, the diners, they’ll all receive some help that they probably can use,” said Nichols resident Matthew Romano.

Engelbert also plans to lower property taxes to give residents some tax relief.

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