Seniors levy sought for Mahoning County


The District XI Area Agency on Aging is proposing that the Mahoning County commissioners place on the Nov. 8 ballot a 1-mill, five-year, county-wide senior services property tax levy that would generate about $4 million in annual revenue.

Joseph Rossi, District XI’s chief executive officer, said the matter is urgent because Wednesday is the commissioners’ deadline to put the issue on the fall ballot.

To put the levy on the fall ballot, commissioners would need to schedule a special meeting on or before Wednesday. Their next regular meeting is set for 10 a.m. next Thursday.

Rossi said the new local money is needed to compensate for a 10 percent cut in state funding this year, following a 39 percent cut the previous year, and for an unknown forthcoming drop in federal funding due to the federal financial crisis. These cuts will “almost place the entire aging network at risk,” he said Thursday.

The proposed levy would fund home-delivered and congregate meals, senior center activities, adult day care, home care, and home repair services.

“I really don’t know what the likelihood is,” of getting a senior services levy on the fall ballot, said John A. McNally IV, chairman of the county commissioners. McNally said he and his colleagues would have to discuss the matter further with District XI officials.

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