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As Deadline Nears, 6 Districts Say No to Money from Slots

17 May 2005

PENNSYLVANIA -- As reported by The Patriot-News: "With two weeks until the May 30 deadline for deciding whether to accept slots gambling money in exchange for reduced property taxes, school boards are moving from discussion to action.

"Seven midstate boards took up the issue last night. Six voted to 'opt out,' while one -- Lebanon -- voted to 'opt in' to the new state program, also called Act 72.

"Districts that opt in would receive a share of slots gambling receipts, likely beginning in 2007. That money and higher earned income tax rates would allow the districts to lower local property taxes.

"...Board members in districts that voted to opt out of the legislation said there are too many unanswered questions to determine whether Act 72 is right for their districts.

"...Many expressed frustration that they are being asked to make a decision before it's known how much money will be available and when the cash will start to flow..."

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