Mahoning commissioners put sales tax for safety on ballot


YOUNGSTOWN

The Mahoning County commissioners unanimously adopted this morning a resolution to place a three-quarter percent sales tax on the Nov. 4 ballot.

The commissioners decided to place on the ballot the version of the tax that restricts its use to the sheriff’s, prosecutor’s, and coroner’s offices and 911 emergency dispatching center.

They had earlier presented at sales tax hearings in Youngstown and Canfield the restricted option and an alternative option that would have allowed unrestricted use of the revenue in the county’s general fund, which is its main operating fund.

The ballot issue would renew for five years an existing half percent sales tax that generates about $16 million a year and add a quarter percent sales tax of the same duration that would generate $8 million annually, for a combined total of $24 million.

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