YOUNGSTOWN — Despite the protests of members of Mahoning County’s lodging industry, county commissioners this afternoon voted 2-1 to raise the county’s hotel and motel bed tax from 3 percent to 5 percent effective Oct. 1.
John A. McNally IV, chairman of the commissioners, and Commissioner Carol Rimedio-Righetti, voted for the increase. Commissioner Anthony T. Traficanti voted no.
In other business, the commissioners voted unanimously to open Oakhill Renaissance Place, where the board of elections is housed, on three October weekends to permit early voting. Their decision defies Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted’s ban on weekend early voting.
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