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Special meeting to discuss levies

Boardman

Boardman Board of Education will have a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. today at Boardman Center Middle School, 7410 Market St.

School levies will be discussed.

The board agreed earlier this week to ask voters to renew in May a 5.9-mill, five-year tax levy for current operating expenses.

This levy first was passed in 2003. The levy generates $4,643,763 annually, said Richard Santilli, treasurer.

Board members also will seek to replace a 1.6-mill, five-year levy.

The levy currently raises $821,219 annually.

The board chose to ask for a replacement rather than a renewal to raise additional funds to be used to improve school safety and security, said John Landers, board president.

The levy originally was passed in 1988 as a 1.6-mill levy, but its effective millage is no longer at that rate due to losses in commercial and personal-property revenues, Santilli said.

The replacement will generate an additional $480,000 annually.

Hagan: Proceeds should stay local

COLUMBUS

State Rep. Robert Hagan of Youngstown, D-58th, wants Gov. John Kasich to increase taxes on oil and gas production but use the proceeds to support local governments and schools rather than instituting an income-tax cut.

“He’s pretending that he wants to give this tax cut across the board to everyone,” Hagan said.

“[If he’s going to] brag about a billion-dollar rainy-day fund and then continuously cut local government dollars from our local governments and education dollars, then he should increase [the severance tax] substantially, quit playing games with it, and make sure that it goes to local governments and education.”

Hagan made the comments Wednesday at a press conference at the Statehouse, where liberal groups voiced concern about federal budget issues and the potential impact of spending cuts on Ohio.

In recent days, Kasich has touted another budget surplus for the year, with potentially $1 billion slated for the state’s rainy-day fund.

Democrats have called for surplus funds to be used to support local governments and schools.

But Republican leaders said the surplus should be added to the state’s savings account.

Former corrections officer enters plea

WARREN

A former corrections officer with the Trumbull County jail has pleaded guilty to petty theft for taking uniform allowance money but not getting any uniforms.

Frankie Mohn, 44, of Plymouth Avenue, Girard, entered a guilty plea to the misdemeanor charge Tuesday in common pleas court. He will be sentenced later.

Mohn, who worked at the jail for about four years, was placed on paid administrative leave in July, then unpaid leave after a hearing a week or so later, then was terminated after he failed to appear for disciplinary hearings.

Mohn will be ordered to pay restitution of $200 for the money he improperly received.

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