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Mahoning commissioners put sales tax for safety on ballot



Published: Wed, July 2, 2014 @ 10:30 a.m.

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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1redeye1(4576 comments)posted 3 months, 4 weeks ago

It's time the people of this county to tell these three stooges that we are their boss and not the other way around. I'm sorry , but I just don't trust anyone of them They can say one thing and then do another. What's stopping them from borrowing from this account to do something else that is really stupid. Then five years from now they need even more money. It's time that they learn to better budget the money that we give them now. They must STOP their liberal spending ways first. So my family and I will still be voting NO to and any other new taxes requests..

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2Ytownnative(1049 comments)posted 3 months, 4 weeks ago

The "flaming hamsters of doom falling from the sky" speeches they give never ever mention anything about cutting any expenses anywhere but with safety forces. They are trying to scare everyone into voting for this tax so they can spend more money on useless things. I like the "for safety services only" tax. It would just free up the money in the general fund that SHOULD be used for safety services FIRST not all the pumped up salaries and massive amount of employees that sit around and do nothing.

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3uptowngirl(114 comments)posted 3 months, 4 weeks ago

I am opposed to "earmarking" a tax. There is no incentive to implement money saving strategies or efficiencies. My preference is a tax that goes to the general fund and must be put on the ballot every 3-5 years. I will be voting NO.

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42muchtax(348 comments)posted 3 months, 4 weeks ago

Vote no, 2.75 percent tax for the safety forces is one of the highest on Ohio, Never mention what percent they are paying for health care like the 20 to 30 percent the private sector is paying! 30 yrs and retirement unlike the private sector, tons of people on disability doing other jobs even in other states! Cadillac health insurance! Think about it!

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5republicanRick(1173 comments)posted 3 months, 4 weeks ago

The Vindicator refuses to print the details of county employees benefit packages, such as deductible amounts and costs. Vindy is actively protecting union employees instead of giving facts to the citizens.

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