posted on March 22, 2011 15:32
Slot machine revenues from Batavia Downs will be at least partially remain in Genesee County, following action in the State Legislature.
State Senator Mike Ranzenhofer tells WBTA today that the Senate and Assembly held a joint conference committee meeting and restored the money in their budget proposal.
Governor Andrew Cuomo had cut the VLT funding for local municipalities in his budget, but he is apparently on-board to restore the funding as well.
Ranzenhofer says the move will bring over a half-million dollars back to our area.
"It's $284,000 to the City of Batavia, $104,000 to the Town of Batavia, and $129,000 to Genesee County," he says. "(Not having the money) would have really hurt their budgets.
"Basically, this undoes the cost shift, and the state will continue to provide the funds to these municipalities."
The state budget deadline is April 1st.