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Mahoning commissioners place CSB levy on Nov. ballot

Published: Thu, July 17, 2014 @ 11:04 a.m.


The Mahoning County Commissioners this morning placed on the Nov. 4 ballot a 1.85-mill, five-year Children Services Board real estate tax levy that would generate $7,303,723 annually.

The levy would combine and replace two existing levies: a 1-mill levy, first passed in 1995, which generates $2,993,453 annually, and a 0.85-mill levy, first passed in 1976, which delivers $1,531,639 a year, for a current combined total of $4,525,132 a year.

The combining of the two levies into a replacement based on today’s property values raises more money than the two current levies combined because levy revenues are based on property values at their initiation; and today’s property values are higher than when the current levies began.

The child welfare agency needs the extra $2,778,591 in local money from the combined replacement to compensate for declines in state and federal funding, said Randall Muth, CSB director.

The commissioners also approved spending up to $20,000 in hotel bed tax revenues in connection with the Youngstown Maker City Initiative — a four-day, three-dimensional manufacturing gathering in downtown Youngstown beginning July 31.

The money will go toward travel and lodging expenses of the California-based Make magazine staff, who will cover the event, which will be based at America Makes in the Youngstown Business Incubator on West Boardman Street.

For more on this story, see Friday’s Vindicator or vindy.com


1bgreene(139 comments)posted 1 month, 2 weeks ago




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2UNCOMMONSENSE(360 comments)posted 1 month, 2 weeks ago

If the parents of these children are on public assistance, they should be forced to pay for the cost of CSB services.

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3theguins(167 comments)posted 1 month, 2 weeks ago

You need an additional 2.7 million to compensate for lack of Fed and State funding? Wow! If I lived in Mahoning Co. that for sure would be a check beside the No button!

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4JS(629 comments)posted 1 month, 2 weeks ago


Department Head
Denise Stewart

Mission Statement:

“Mahoning County Children Services, in partnership with the community, is committed to assuming a leadership role in protecting children and preserving families.”

What We Do:

Mahoning County Children Services responsible for investigating all reports of abuse and/or neglect regarding children. We strive to preserve and strengthen the family unit whenever possible, always aware of the paramount need to protect the child.

We provide a full range of services to move families in crisis towards stability. Transportation, homemaker service, parenting classes, case management, foster and adoptive placement, and group home and residential care are some of the services provided by this agency. The agency also provides protective services for children up to the age of 18. Post adoption services are provided in addition to adoptive placement and home studies. This agency offers a complete range of child welfare services.

In the event that the family of origin cannot maintain a child, we provide substitute placement for that child. This placement is in the highest possible quality to ensure that the needs of the child are met.

Revenue Source:

The Children Services Department is partially funded by local levies and partially funded by State and Federal monies.

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