Borgata Deal, AC Dispatchers Arrested, Galloway’s Jimmie Leeds Rd – Thursday’s Roundup

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Borgata Deal
Finally, there’s a deal. No, it’s not going to help you get a nice meal or an overnight stay. But it will help Atlantic City’s balance sheet. Borgata, the city’s most successful casino by revenue, accepted $72 million in tax-appeal payouts for 2009-2013, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports here. The MGM-owned property also agreed not to appeal taxes paid from 2013-2015 (another potential liability that had been hanging over the city) and it will start paying its Payment-In-Lieu-of-Taxes (click here if you want to remind yourself of that controversy). The deal was arranged by the lawyers now in charge of Atlantic City. For those counting, today is day 99 of the state takeover. This Borgata deal is a big piece of restoring the city’s financial viability in the eyes of banks and debt-ratings agencies, but as anyone in Atlantic City who saw their property taxes rise under the state on day 1 of the takeover will tell you, it does little to help their wallets.

AC Dispatchers Arrested
The opioid epidemic really is everywhere. Yesterday, two Atlantic City public safety dispatchers were arrested after one was allegedly selling oxycodone to another while on duty. Lynda Cohen at BreakingAC.Com has the details.

Galloway’s Jimmie Leeds R
A small group of concerned residents went to a Galloway Township council meeting on Tuesday to air their concerns over safety on the busy Jimmie Leeds Road, that carries traffic to and from Stockton University, a hospital and local businesses and homes. The residents live at an elder housing complex on the road. The mayor told the residents that the township is working with the county on improvement projects for the road that are pending approvals. The Current has the full story here. Pedestrians were struck along the road in October last year and one died in a hit-and-run accident on the same stretch last month.

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The rest of today’s headlines include news on how the producers of Atlantic City fashion week are working with ACIT, the Ocean City boardwalk’s reopening and details from Gov. Christie’s signing of anti-opioid legislation. All that and more below:

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