MERCER COUNTY Former Sharon council member announces run for commissioner
The candidate is critical of the large tax increases enacted in the county over the past two years.
HERMITAGE, Pa. -- Richard P. McMahon, businessman and former Sharon City Council member, has announced plans to run for Mercer County commissioner on the Democratic ticket.
McMahon, 66, of Juniper Court, has been the owner and director of the Shenango Valley Commercial Institute in Sharon, a nationally accredited and state-licensed private business school, since 1976 and operated floor-covering businesses between 1961 and 1974.
He is a 1961 graduate of Youngstown State University and a former Sharon schoolteacher.
McMahon was elected to Sharon City Council in 1965 and was council president in 1967.
He is chairman of Sharon's Civil Service Commission.
McMahon is critical of the large tax increases enacted by the current board of commissioners over the past two years.
He pointed out that the county code clearly states that the commissioners "shall be responsible managers and administrators of the fiscal affairs of their respective counties."
However, the current board hasn't made a strong enough case to support its 60 percent increase in property taxes in a two-year period and that damages their credibility, McMahon said.
"The government of Mercer County was neither created nor envisioned to be as complex, duplicitous, political and costly as it currently is. Nor can it be run today using yesterday's "horse and buggy methods," McMahon said.
"To wisely spend $54 million-plus annually requires leadership and entrepreneurial skills. I believe I possess both, plus a hard-to-break habit of saying 'no' to a spending request until its need is proven," he said.
McMahon said his political experience as well as his business experience give him the background needed to "run the people's business."