WILKES-BARRE – November 10, 2016 – State Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) and State Representative Mike Carroll (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne) are pleased to announce an agreement between Mohegan Sun Pocono and Plains Township officials to continue the local share distribution payments to the host community despite a recent state Supreme Court decision that struck down the local share assessment that casinos pay to their host communities.
“With no legislative action on the Local Share Assessment issue, the taxpayers of Plains Township faced dire budget consequences if those LSA dollars were not distributed. I am grateful that officials at Mohegan Sun Pocono listened to our local concerns and, in an act of good corporate citizenship, agreed to honor their original host agreement with Plains Township until this matter is resolved by the General Assembly,” Senator Yudichak said. “I will continue to work with my legislative colleagues and local elected officials in the fight to preserve every LSA dollar for the communities of Luzerne County,” Yudichak added.
“Considering the significant financial impact the host community assessment has on Plains Township, I’m very pleased Mohegan Sun Pocono has agreed to continue providing these critical funds. I remain optimistic a preservation plan for the balance of Luzerne County’s LSA funds can be negotiated in the coming days,” Carroll noted.
Plains Township officials lauded the agreement at today’s announcement. “We’re pleased that Mohegan Sun Pocono is honoring their host agreement to continue the payments. The agreement is a testament of what can be accomplished when everyone works together in the best interest of the community,” Rob Sax, Chairman of the Plains Township Board of Commissioners said.
“Senator Yudichak and Representative Carroll have been engaged since the beginning and facilitated discussions that produced this agreement which will allow us to continue to provide vital public services to our community. We cannot thank them enough for working together to secure the host community money for Plains Township to operate normally moving into 2017,” Sax added.
Regarding their agreement to continue the tax payments, Anthony Carlucci, President and CEO of Mohegan Sun Pocono issued the following statement: “Mohegan Sun Pocono is comfortable with the current tax rate and is not seeking a decrease. We are not, however, in support of an increase. We are hopeful that a balanced resolution can be made that is reasonable to all parties.”
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