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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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1unpc(22 comments)posted 3 months ago

Since the Mahoning County commissioners have the power to impose the tax, let's see if they have the intestinal fortitude to do so upon the failure of this levy at the ballot box.

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2Ytownnative(1041 comments)posted 3 months 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(111 comments)posted 3 months 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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