If Boardman was a city and had a 1/2% SALES TAX, with all the retail, car dealers, resturants and employee base we should be tax exempt and have all sevices possible and good police & fireman, free parks and good roads. LETS GET MOVING FOLKS.
I'm looking at the vote above and apparently very few people want to be part of Youngstown in any way, shape, or form. Kind of flies in the face of some who say that the townships would vote yes for JEDDS because of the water savings and the number of suburbanites who work in the city. Youngstown should quit trying to pick the pockets of suburbanites and figure out how to solve its own financial problems. First off try cutting unnecessary employees and forcing the unions to accept cuts. Then drop the income tax to normal levels and possibly, just possibly, businesses might locate here. Of course addressing the crime issue would help too.
Maybe a better economic stimulus package would have been to grant our individual shares to local government for it looks like, one way or another, it will end up there anyway. As Apollo wrote, the most cost effective route is for Youngstown to deal with their financial issues and leave the townships alone and the township, in conjunction with some more convincing belt-tightening(such as consolidating department heads into one position), needs to sell the residents on the idea that a levy will cost them less in the long-term. Compared to Boardman, Youngstown has three times the number of safety service personnel with only twice the population. Then why do we hear the horror stories about response times and homicides? Everyone talks of becoming a city but when the start up costs and realities of the work involved just to get it on the ballot manifest themselves, the idea will wamble.
I hope Boardman becomes a city, but they had better share in the burden that youngstown has had for years. If Boardman becomes a city it is only fair that the now township should have housing projects, section 8 homes, and of course all the problems that come with the areas poverty. IF The west side of Youngstown had to bear these burdens then so should Boardman. I hope Boardman suburbanites know what they're getting into if they are to become incorporated.
Boardman have section 8 housing....lmao...thats a good one, those ppl are too far up their own butts. I use to live there..
Youngstown has poverty because of slum lords in places like Boardman. These people are out to make a quick buck at the expense of destroying communities they "invest" in. The west side and brownlee woods were very nice places to live until a few years ago. What happened? Housing projects moved in because Youngstown is a city. Youngstown is the historical center of the valley and therefore should remain as so. Columbus annexed all of their surrounding suburbs. People in Boardman cry about being taxed, but they would have no choice if Youngstown were to annex. Maybe if Boardmanites would park the Suv's and quit buying expensive mall clothes they could afford their water. Its not the path Youngstown choose, its the pass that was chosen by slumlords that help increase blight in the city.
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