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Mahoning commissioners increase bed tax, open Oakhill for weekend early voting

Published: Tue, August 21, 2012 @ 2:10 p.m.

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.

For the complete story, see Wednesday’s Vindicator and Vindy.com


1AtownAugie(892 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Two out of three Democrats voted for a tax increase?! Give me a moment to recover from the shock!

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2redeye1(5673 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

AtownAugie, You must have read it wrong, the democrats won't vote to raise your taxes , LOL At least that's what they try to tell you. Once again they are also catering to the welfare class who can't get to the polls on November 6th but they can get to a protest rally downtown on a minute notice. Funny isn't it.

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3JoeFromHubbard(1817 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Another tax increase in the area ?

Not surprising when Youngstown has the highest city income tax in the state.

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4saddad(655 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

The Count Commisioners are not the Board of Elections and no choice they make regarding a county building being open is in defiance of the Secretary of State. If one wants to write for a newspaper they should be able to make such distinctions.

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