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Bed tax increase proposal dominate Mahoning commissioners meeting



Published: Thu, March 8, 2012 @ 10:16 p.m.

AUSTINTOWN

A proposed increase in Mahoning County’s bed tax for hotels and motels from 3 percent to 5 percent was not on the Mahoning County commissioners’ Thursday agenda, but it still loomed large at their meeting.

Commissioner Chairman John A. McNally IV said after the meeting that he did not know when the commissioners would vote on the proposal.

A parade of speakers from the local lodging industry descended on the commissioners’ meeting last week to protest the proposed tax increase, saying it would drive business, especially from bus tours and groups, away from their establishments. The commissioners then tabled the proposal.

If it were to be enacted, the increase would go to the Western Reserve Port Authority, which operates Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport in

Vienna, whose runways and taxiways are used by the Youngstown Air Reserve Station.

"I think it’s wrong to single out one group,” Maggy Lorenzi of Youngstown said, referring to the lodging industry.

“... to put it on the backs of the hotels is wrong. These people spend millions of dollars to build these hotels,” and maintain them, said Bruce Paulette of Youngstown, a former member of the county Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, which is funded by the bed tax.

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1valleyred(1097 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

A WKBN piece stated the following:
"Trumbull County had already enacted it [raising their bed tax by 2%] and that didn't affect their occupancy rates in any way."

If it didn't hurt occupancy rates in Trumbull County, why would those against this move believe it would hurt occupancy rates in Mahoning County?

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2Ianacek(901 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

There's no justification for funding the Vi-enna airport from hotel revenues , because few visitors arrive at that airport .They come by road or from Pittsburgh . The airport's commercial use is mainly to take Valley-ites to sunny Florida . Why not tax the airline Allegiant if the numbers are so great ? because the numbers are not there .
There's a world class airport at Pittsburgh that flies to both national & international destinations . If the County wants to tax , it should be to subsidise a shuttle bus to Pittsburgh .
I pay $4,000 a year to the County & never see anything for it .

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3valleyred(1097 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Carl,

How has it failed? The airport/air base is a huge economic boon for this community. Total passengers numbers have been on the rise every year since 2005 and eclipsed the 70,000 mark this past year and are likely to grow once again this year.

That, coupled with growth in this community from the Shale Boom, will increase air traffic at the airport, whether it be commercial or private. Airports all across Pennsylvania are surging with increased air traffic due to the Marcellus Shale in that state. It will only be a matter of time before YNG is surging due to the Utica Shale!

I find it funny that the same people that said Allegiant Air would fail six years ago are still on these websites bashing the airport and calling it a cesspool. The place is turning around and moving in the right direction and if you don't believe me, then I strongly encourage you to take a trip out there.

Why should ANYONE take your opinion of Youngstown seriously when you run a blog that BASHES this community that so many of us are PROUD TO CALL HOME!? http://youngstown2012.blogspot.com/

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4hellothere(9 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Mahoning County will lose more tax revenue than gain. The tax would make it higher than New York City. People who book rooms for a living consider the rate of tax and would frown on placing people here. Common sense needs to be used.

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