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Commissioner Ditzlet warns of local government cut

Published: Sat, February 22, 2014 @ 12:06 a.m.

By Joe Gorman



Mahoning County Commissioner David Ditzler on Friday said he was concerned about additional cuts to the money the county receives from the state’s local-government fund.

Ditzler, commissioner chairman, said this underscores how important it is for the county’s half-percent sales-tax renewal to pass at the polls in May.

Commissioner Anthony Traficanti said that, as of February, the county has lost an additional $100,000 in local-government revenue, bringing the total cut to $3 million over the last three years.

Traficanti said that, as long as the state keeps building its rainy-day fund, and not giving money back to the communities, Mahoning County will continue to lose local government funds.

Ditzler said $100,000 might not seem like a lot, but it could hurt other county agencies that need money to use for a match for state grants. He said it is imperative that the sales tax passes because the county will be losing out on money from the state that it normally receives back.

Ditzler said the state raised the sales tax in 2013 but all of that money goes to the state.

Voters in the county are being asked to renew one of the county’s two 0.5 percent sales taxes at the polls this May. County officials have said that even if the tax passes, the county still will have a deficit of about $2 million by the end of the year.

The county’s general fund is funded by two half-percent sales-tax measures. The other half-percent measure is continuous, meaning it has no expiration date.

In other business Friday, commissioners voted to reject a request to annex 18.6 acres from Canfield Township into the city of Canfield. They said the land to be annexed does not share a common border with the city, which is one of the requirements for annexation.

The land was to be used to build a new nursing home. The site is bounded on the north by state Route 446 and on the east, south and west by the Mill Creek MetroParks Farm.


1formerdemliberal(182 comments)posted 7 months ago

Who's Commissioner Ditzlet?

Vindy writers strike again.

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2piwohio(56 comments)posted 7 months ago

Yea they have a nack for that. But to the issue of lost funding. All this money is raised by sales tax. With the weather the past month, Dumb Dave is right for once, the county lost money because 1 the weather was crap and cold and second maybe people are holing on the money they have.
Here is one for the 3 stooges who sit at the big table. Cut your cost, merge services, cut staff, call out the big spending departments and look at the budgets sent to you before you vote on them. Did we not just have an issue with "I did not know a raise or cost of living was in the budget request". Sick of the crying wolf from the county. All the time, every year. Cut all Department Heads pay to max $55K and cut all employees by 10% and raise cost share.
Now I am not talking out my head on knowing how to run a budget. I do it for a major company with a 18-20 million operating budget. Done it for years with tight funding and hiring freezes. Been in the black every year for 17 years. You have to make the tough calls...

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3Knightcap(699 comments)posted 7 months ago

It's a shame that people like @piwohio are not a county commissioner. I would just like to add one more thing. When are these current commissioners going to have all county employed start paying 25% of their health-care, like the taxpayers they are trying to extract money from do. We have to get rid of these career politicians whose only answer to deficits is to tax more.

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4ytownsteelman(628 comments)posted 7 months ago

Yeah right piwohio! You will never get a politician to make a tough decision because if they do, the uninformed masses will be out there protesting. Many people want to make believe that they would do a better job than the commissioners, but those same people don't know 10% of what the commissioners have to deal with. Sure it sounds easy enough, but did you take into account the restrictions placed upon funds, labor contracts, regulations, court decisions and a thousand other complications that really tie the hands of the commissioners? I'm not defending them but rather trying to spread some light on the fact that it is always more complicated than a vindy article makes it appear.

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