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Mahoning County gets $76K in unused state demo funds

Published: Tue, February 4, 2014 @ 5:51 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — The Ohio attorney general’s office is providing $3.8 million left from a $75 million demolition program to counties in Ohio for residential demolition.

Mahoning County will get $76,504 from the program. The county received $1,531,680 in 2012 from the program with most of it going to Youngstown.

Trumbull County will get $63,468 from the leftover money. It received $1,275,797 from the first round of funding.

Columbiana County will receive $27,823 this time and received $576,119 two years ago.

The original AG program required counties to match any money exceeding $500,000. Several counties didn’t apply for their full allocation leaving $3.8 million in unrequested funds.

There is no match requirement for the $3.8 million. Each county, except Warren County, which didn’t want additional money, will receive at least $7,800 to demolish at least one more blighted structure.

Counties have until May 31 to use the first round of funding. A decision on unused funds will be made after that time, according to the attorney general’s office.


1allany2525(53 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

LanaceK - the number one reason for vacant, blighted buildings is not enough population to put IN them.

This is not a matter of policy - it's called massive population loss!

Local government cannot be expected to maintain every vacant property when so many have walked away and left the area.

Youngstown went from almost 130,000 people to about 60,000 today. Cannot expect city or county government to take care of vacant properties

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