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Boardman’s push to get share of tax irks county

Published: Wed, October 5, 2011 @ 12:09 a.m.

Mcnally, righetti cite benefits from services

By Ashley Luthern



Mahoning County commissioners oppose the idea of Boardman Township’s getting a piece of the county sales tax, arguing that the township already receives benefits in the form of county services.

“Those sales-tax dollars provide services that are mandated by state law,” said Commissioner John A. McNally IV. “The site of where the transaction takes place is not really important. These are all dollars that are raised in Mahoning County and are spent for services [in] Mahoning County.”

Mahoning County collected more than $27 million in sales tax in 2010. Boardman officials have argued that at least 50 percent of that is generated in the township.

Boardman trustees have asked state lawmakers to consider introducing legislation that would allow urban, home-rule townships that generate 50 percent or more of the county’s sales tax to take some of the sales tax generated within its borders.

Such a law would directly benefit Boardman and another township near Cincinnati.

Commissioner Carol Rimedio-Righetti said she was “very taken aback” by the idea.

“They just passed a levy for God’s sake with their people for police, and now they need more money?” Righetti said. “Do they realize that they do get some of that money when they get the roads paved and through the sheriff’s department. Those are benefits for their people in Boardman Township.”

In August, township voters approved a 3.85-mill, five-year additional police levy that will generate about $3.8 million annually.

Righetti said she and most likely her fellow commissioners would support trying to get all the township trustees in the county to work together with the county.

“Maybe we have too many layers of government. As long as the county is mandated to have ‘x’ amount of elected officials and mandated to have various levels of court systems and county jail ..., those operations require at least a 1 percent sales tax to be in place,” McNally said.

“Peeling off a quarter percent or peeling off a half percent, which is $7 million, dramatically affects county operations,” he added.

The county collects two half-percent sales taxes, one of which is permanent and the other must be renewed every five years. Boardman officials had suggested the quarter to half a percent figure last week.

“These things we do downtown in the commissioner’s office are services that the people of Mahoning County pay through the sales tax. [Boardman] gets their cut, but those services are still for everybody in Mahoning County,” Righetti said.


1FunMeter(29 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

Erect a high fence north of the township, from route 11 to route 616, charge admission via gates at streets, roads and sidewalks... say 50 cents per person, coins only. This would generate lots of money for the township and at the east and west ends of the fence you will have Canfield and Poland police watching your back for riff-raff. I'd gladly pay entrance from Hubbard. Let's face it, Youngstown residents are the problem.

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2UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

The truth is Youngstown doesn't want to give up what they have taken from the suburbs for their public assistance welfare city. The better choice is to eliminate 1% of the county sales tax and reduce county government. Then let the people in each suburb decide how they want to spend their money, not the tax and spend county politicians who never have enough.

By the way, supporting SB5 will go a long way to stable county finances. Vote YES in November on Issue 2.

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3NoBS(2072 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

The county says "MY MONEY!! MINE! MINE! MINE!" And what does Boardman get from the county? Rimedio-Righetti says they get the sherriff's department. Really? When's the last time anyone even SAW a Sheriff's car in Boardman? And the "paved" roads - the roads in the worst condition in the township are those maintained by the county.

Boardman needs to incorporate.

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4republicanRick(1351 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

Boardman needs to change their structure but that would take too much thinking and work and planning...all the things that the Boardman trustees and unions don't like to do.

So instead they will sit on their butts and whine and whine and pay firefighters $ 70,000 and cops $ 90,000 and car mechanics $ 50,000.

Next time you sit on rt 224 on the ill-timed and out-of-sequence red lights, remember those that "run" Boardman.

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5legend33(169 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

Maybe the county would have some money if they collected all the delinquent property taxes!

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6DwightK(1337 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

Boardman should just become a city.

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7taxme(349 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

Falcon. Are you jealious of Boardman? Wish Austintown had what Boardman has? Top rated schools, a very nice well manned police and fire departments, great shopping, closed enrolement school system, the finest resturants in town, and more. Boardman brings in the most of the monies the county doesnt share with us. Of coarse we desirve more of it.

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8theword(342 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

If Boardman incorporates then no need for three trustees. Just a mayor. Which two of the three will want to give up their high paying salary?

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9nuganuech(46 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

"taxme" Obviously, those great schools are not teaching spelling.

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10seminole(476 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

This is frickin' hilarious, and dead on: “They just passed a levy for God’s sake with their people for police, and now they need more money?” Righetti said...yep, the Three Stooges keep looking for solutions to the deficit they have spent their way into...Unfortunately, Drone is on to something here...@taxme, you must be a third generation Boardmanite in need of a reality check: finest restaurants in town? What town? You mean like Olive Garden? O'Charley's? And you can have a "well manned" police department but without a bad-a-- mentality to stop the crime and simply enforce the laws already in place then that number doesn't matter in the slightest, does it? And the "top rated schools" get that rating based on the state test scores which they teach for months so the kids score well, neglecting the basic staples of education during that time. Now, go out and ask any Boardman middle schooler a common sense question and you will hear the crickets chirping. They know the test, they are not truely educated. Did you work with Farris and the rest of the Kool Aid drinkers in getting the latest levy circle jerk passed? Boardman is all about appearances, it's about how it looks, not how it is. Evidence the three color haired moms yappng on their cell phones driving their new SUV's to their underwater houses to find their trashy teenage daughters dropping f-bombs and bragging about who they slept with on Facebook, with pics of their family showing mom and dad, beers in hand, drinking up with their older highschool brother, who is, of course, underage for drinking...but it's all good, you Boardmanites can waller in your insignificance, while perceived as significance in your own eyes, while this outhouse falls down around you

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11republicanRick(1351 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

Boardman's best days are far behind them. No civic pride (except for the old-timers), bad zoning, poor traffic management, banners and billboards cluttering up the corridors, and poor fiscal management by their elected officials.
Residents ignore property codes and eyesores popping up all over. Very sad.

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