Mahoning voters being asked for more money to fight opioid epidemic


YOUNGSTOWN

Voters this November will decide whether to pass a levy officials say is vital to the operation of the Mahoning County Mental Health and Recovery Board.

Officials said it will allow them to better fight the opioid epidemic and to provide better mental health services in Mahoning County schools.

The Mahoning County commissioners voted this morning to request the auditor’s certification for the measure which will renew an existing .85-mill real-estate tax levy and add an additional .5 mills.

It will cost the owner of a $100,000 house $43.20 per year.

Recovery board officials said they will not seek renewal of an existing .5-mill levy up for renewal in 2020. This will limit costs associated with future renewal campaigns.

The new levy would increase the board’s levy annual revenue from about $4.3 million to $5.4 million.

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