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Mahoning commissioners put combined, enlarged CS tax on ballot

Published: Fri, July 18, 2014 @ 12:05 a.m.

By Peter H. Milliken



The Mahoning County commissioners have placed on the Nov. 4 ballot a 1.85-mill, five-year Children Services real-estate tax levy that would generate $7,303,723 annually, which is nearly $2.8 million more than the combined revenue from the two levies it would replace.

The November 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 together 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, CS director.

“Children Services always experienced strong support from the community. We appreciate the recognition that communities thrive when their children have safe, stable and permanent homes,” Muth told the commissioners Thursday.

The commissioners also passed a resolution in support of the county’s application to the Ohio Development Services Agency for $50,000 in local government innovative funds to study the feasibility of consolidating the county’s eight 911 emergency dispatching centers.

“If you want to move forward and do new initiatives within funding, you have to look at these types of ways to make it the most efficient,” said Audrey Tillis, county budget director. “I would think that you just can’t leave it status quo,” she added.

In other business, the commissioners honored the Boardman High School team, which outscored 19 other teams to win this year’s Ohio Envirothon, a two-day environmental-science competition at Salt Fork State Park in Guernsey County.

Recognized were the student participants, Muhammad Akbar, Luke Carrabia. Marcus Masello, Mackenzie Allen and Kaye Moyer ,along with their adviser, Heather Moran.


1republicanRick(1582 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

David Ditzler and Carol Rimedio are unqualified managers who refuse to listen to the people. Their staggering incompetence will screw up this county for decades, if left unchecked.

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2questionreality(661 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

Like bullies, the commissioners find fulfillment in giving the taxpayers their weekly wedgies.

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3grazor50(94 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

When do the government elected officials think enough is enough? Sales tax revenue request, children services request, schools are always broke, we pay more to the state coffers, and NO agency has enough. This child services request is ridiculous: from a $4.5m budget to a $7.3m, because they say they need the money. Of course that is the claim, we all need more money, but living within the budget is a goal and if MUTH cannot do his job then replace him and try that avenue of approach before declaring you need a 62% increase in spending

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4redeye1(5423 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

These three think that all they have to do is throw money at a problem and it will go away. It's the liberal way of thinking. By doing that they really don't have to work too hard at anything. It's time for a real change in this county Let's DUMP all three in the next few elections . I can only hope that the stupid people of the valley finally get smarter and vote against these tax increases. But I also realize that, that probably won't happen..

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5Chessiedad(356 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

"feasibility of consolidating the county's eight 911 emergency dispatching centers". I hope that alarm bells are going off in the Townships and cities that host those centers. First of all, those centers do not belong to, nor are they funded by the county. Yes the E911 equipment and system is administered by the county, but paid for by each of us who have phones by way of a small surcharge on our bills. Secondly, the salaries of the staff manning each of those centers are paid by the Townships and cities that have them. So, let's look at the logic in having the county take over the whole "enchilada" for E911 dispatching, keeping in mind the history of the county managing it's departments. Constantly laying off personnel, asking for tax increases while supporting overpaid administrators and other wasteful spending. Not to mention that if these centers are consolidated, when you pick up the phone to call the Police or Fire Departments, you won't be talking to a "local" Dispatcher who might have personal knowledge of the specific location you are calling from or other city or Township knowledge that might be vital to your emergency. You will be communicating with a county employee who probably will have none of that specific knowledge. When life or death matters, I'll take the local Dispatch over some "insulated" county employee, locked in a cubicle in downtown Youngstown.

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6walter_sobchak(2513 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

I can't wait to see the advertizing in Nov. "No increase in millage for this levy!" However, the tax take will increase a whooping 61.4% since it is on current valuation. Not bad...but, I smell some more raises coming!!!!

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