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Mahoning commissioners to have hearings on sales tax increase

Published: Thu, December 5, 2013 @ 11:57 a.m.

Mahoning commissioners to have hearings on sales tax increase


The Mahoning County commissioners passed a resolution this morning to conduct January public hearings concerning a sales tax vote in May.

County Budget Director Audrey Tillis said a quarter percent increase, which would generate an extra $7.5 million in annual revenue for the county, is necessary to compensate for losses of revenue in recent years from the state, from the county’s investments and from the loss of federal prisoners in the county jail.

Carol Rimedio-Righetti, chairwoman of the county commissioners, said the commissioners will consider either placing a single issue on the May ballot to renew a current half percent tax continuously and to add an extra quarter percent for five years; or splitting the two issues into two separate questions.

The county’s other half percent sales tax is already a continuous tax with no stated expiration date.

The commissioners also entered into a $430,158 agreement with MS Consultants Inc. of Youngstown for engineering services for the widening of Western Reserve Road between Hitchcock Road and Market Street. The widening project will be funded in full by the federal government.

The commissioners also entered into a $259,000 contract with Prout Boiler, Heating and Welding Inc. of Youngstown for boiler replacement at the county’s Martin P. Joyce Juvenile Justice Center, which has had the same boiler system since it opened in 1979.

The commissioners also voted to apply to the Ohio Department of Development for a $50,000 grant from the local government innovation fund for a study to help plan for the future of 911 emergency dispatching services, including possible consolidation of the county’s eight 911 answering points into fewer answering points.


1mnascar(36 comments)posted 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Just shop at the county or state with the lowest taxes. Pennsylvania doesn't charge tax on cloths. Think how close you are to alternative choices.

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2Ytownnative(1035 comments)posted 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Keep bleeding the taxpayers until there isn't anything left and then wonder why people don't shop her or move from the area.

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3123goz(580 comments)posted 9 months, 2 weeks ago

PA might not tax shirts, but they want to add tax of .40 a gallon on diesel, and .25 on gas.
Like it or not, the state is keeping our money. If you want the services from the county, ok the tax. Vote it down if you think you can live without.
What services are important to one may not be to another.

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4Knightcap(697 comments)posted 9 months, 2 weeks ago

There should be no continuous sales tax and no increase to the existing sales tax. What are these trough feeders doing to cut expenses first before going to the taxpayers pockets for raises.

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5Ytownnative(1035 comments)posted 9 months, 2 weeks ago

I agree with knight. what have they cut first? or is it they just want more money. Carol Rimedio-Righetti has got to go everything has increased since she took over.

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6walter_sobchak(1907 comments)posted 9 months, 2 weeks ago

There must be some new "nieces and nephews" that need jobs at the county. It would be best to split the renewal and new tax because I am unlikely to vote for any increases.

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7CantStandYa(123 comments)posted 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Guess I'll only be buying groceries and gas in Mahoning county then.


If this passes stop making material purchases in this county. Their tax increase will end up losing them money. Make your point with your pocketbook.

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82muchtax(320 comments)posted 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Make cuts, don't raise taxes! Look at the county engineers office, they can buy thier own work boots and other rediculous perks that the private sector doesn't have!

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9TheLostPatrol(756 comments)posted 9 months, 2 weeks ago

$6,000/mo pensions for life, golden parachute health plans, both halves of the pension plan picked up by the Gov't, and their siblings politically placed in the newly created positions, while Mom or Dad gets retired-rehired. And it happens thanks to all of the Jack@$$es that vote for these increases! Typical, Mahoning County leeches and the uneducated voters who continue to feed them with their own hard-earned dollars via Sales Tax increases. Nothing new to report here.

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