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Sales tax on agenda

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Sales tax on agenda


A resolution to place a three-quarter percent sales tax on the Nov. 4 ballot is on the agenda for the Mahoning County commissioners’ 10 a.m. meeting today in the county courthouse basement, 120 Market St.

Commissioner Carol Rimedio-Righetti said she believes the commissioners will be unanimous in favor of the version of the tax that restricts its revenues to the sheriff’s, prosecutor’s and coroner’s offices and 911 emergency-dispatching center.

The alternative version would allow unrestricted use of the revenue in the county’s general fund.

The measure would renew a current half-percent tax that generates about $16 million in annual revenue for five years and add a quarter-percent tax of the same duration that would generate $8 million annually.

Fundraiser at eatery


A fundraiser is planned from 3 to 9 p.m. today at Bob Evans Restaurant, 4545 Boardman-Canfield Road, to benefit Jerry and Linda Riley of Youngstown, who need a wheelchair ramp built at their home.

During those hours, 15 percent of the proceeds of sales to people presenting the appropriate Bob Evans coupon will be donated to the The Linda and Jerry Riley Benefit Fund. Jerry, a former Youngstown city employee and Army veteran, has Parkinson’s disease and is wheelchair-bound.

People who wish to donate directly to The Linda and Jerry Riley Benefit Fund can do so at any Huntington Bank office.

Fire damages home


A fire early Tuesday heavily damaged an occupied home at 162 Winter Lane.

Three of the home’s occupants were transported to local hospitals with non-life- threatening injuries. A family dog died in the fire, which was reported at 1:09 a.m. and rendered the home uninhabitable. No firefighters were injured, the Cortland Fire Department reported.

When firefighters arrived, a fire in the basement was extending up through the wall into the attic, causing moderate to heavy damage. The cause of the blaze, which firefighters were able to bring under control in a short time, is under investigation.

Fire departments assisting Cortland were Howland, Bazetta, Mecca, Johnston, Champion and the Youngstown Air Reserve Station.

Dryer fire at jail


A dryer fire at the Mahoning County Justice Center caused damage to the building’s laundry area.

The fire was reported at 3:55 p.m. Monday. The laundry area filled with smoke from the fire, which started inside a dryer, according to a Youngstown fire report.

The jail’s sprinkler system worked but was ineffective because the fire was inside the dryer.

The jail’s laundry supervisor told firefighters that inmate workers put linens in the dryer about 2:45 p.m. and there was nothing out of the ordinary about it. The fire is considered accidental, the fire report states.

Sidewalk closing


The sidewalk and front area of Warehouse 50, 47 W. Federal St., will be closed for the “Party on the Plaza” event from 4 p.m. Friday to 1 a.m. Saturday.