Ranzenhofer secures 27% increase in VLT aid to City, Town of Batavia and Genesee County

 

Albany, N.Y.–  State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced today that the 2014-15 New York State Budget will increase Video Lottery Terminal (VLT) aid by more than 27 percent to the host communities of Batavia Downs.

 

Throughout the budget process, Senator Ranzenhofer and his colleagues in the State Senate have been working to secure additional VLT aid.

 

“I am pleased to announce that I was able to secure more VLT aid– for the Town of Batavia, the City of Batavia, and Genesee County– to help offset expenses for hosting Batavia Downs.  This is a huge win for our community.  Local governments and taxpayers will now receive a $171,700 funding boost,” said Ranzenhofer. 

 

The 2014 Executive Budget proposed VLT aid remain at the prior year’s funding level. The 2014-15 State Budget will increase VLT aid among the three host communities of Batavia Downs by approximately $171,765.

 

Breakdown: VLT Aid to Batavia Downs Casino Host Communities

 

 

2014-15 Executive Budget Proposal

2014-15 Enacted Budget

Change from Executive Budget Proposal

City of Batavia

$346,334

$440,789

$94,455

Town of Batavia

$126,019

$160,388

$34,369

Genesee County

$157,451

$200,392

$42,941

 

 

 

In 2006, State Finance Law authorized payment of aid to municipalities with video lottery terminal facilities.  Funding for host communities was eliminated by Senate and Assembly Democrats in 2009 and 2010.  Currently, host communities receive 55 percent of the aid received in 2008-09; the 2014-15 State Budget will restore aid to 70 percent of 2008-09 levels.

 

Senator Ranzenhofer is a co-sponsor of legislation, S2120A, to resore VLT aid to 2008 levels.

 

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