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Chamber backs Mahoning County sales tax, state Issue 1

Published: Wed, March 26, 2014 @ 11:35 a.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — The board of directors of the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber has unanimously endorsed the continuous renewal of the half-percent Mahoning County sales tax and a state public works bond issue. Both will appear on the May 6 ballot.

That half-percent sales tax raises about $15.5 million annually and is a significant part of the county’s $50.2 million annual general-fund budget.

Another half-percent county sales tax is already continuous.

There is also a quarter percent, five-year mass transit sales tax in Mahoning County, which supports the Western Reserve Transit Authority.

The county’s sales tax totals 7 percent, with the first 5.75 percent going to the state.

The bond issue, which was placed on the ballot as State Issue 1 with near unanimous legislative support, would authorize $1.875 billion in bonds over 10 years for road, bridge, sewer, water and other infrastructure projects.

That program was first approved in 1987 and renewed in 1995 and 2005, with about $8 million in Issue 1 money approved last year for Mahoning and Trumbull counties.


1Ytownnative(1121 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Where all the increases in water and sewer that we are paying going to ? And what about the story where they wanted to use excess sewer money to build a amphitheater next to covelli?

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2billdog1(5784 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Ya, what Native said.

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3JoeFromHubbard(1776 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Never approve a continuous tax.

It needs to be reviewed periodically.

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4redeye1(5615 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Vote NO on all taxes and renewals until they can explain clearly to everyone where the money goes. I and my family will be voting NO on all new taxes and renewals. Just remember what happen at MMDDC just week.

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