The obvious way to reduce income tax reliance ( at least at current rates ) is to increase property tax income by way of economic growth which would (a) restore property values and (b) increase incomes .
Youngstown's vacant properties are an asset and should be marketed to those who can rehab them and get them occupied . There are thousands of city workers living outside the City who should be targeted as potential new residents for a start . This includes the 87% of over $40,000 p.a. City income earners who don't live in the City ( source Council PFM Consultants report 2013 ) Those houses and buildings that still need to be demolished should become a materials source for a salvage industry supporting the rehab industry .Private rehabbers would do dozens of privately funded rehabs for every one done at public expense already .
The mayor and others should ignore spin and focus on making the neighborhoods attractive to productive new residents , whether they be tenants or owner occupiers .
The biggest single impediment to solid working families moving to Youngstown is the unacceptable performance of Youngstown Schools . Before election , Mayor McNally said he would urgently work with the school board to lift pereformance . How is this going ?. Also , when are city services going to become efficient and effective ? It's harder to attract new residents when the existing ones are badly treated . at has been done to
March 8, 2014 at 9:10 a.m.
So can we take it the neighborhood strategy is just "streamlined demolitions" ? Beam me up !
March 7, 2014 at 1:24 p.m.
If the vehicles enter through the back of the building , why does the story discuss one backing into the building ?
March 5, 2014 at 6:35 p.m.
There's no way the YNDC , an unelected and unaccountable body & a large property developer in its own right , should be preparing the City's plan .
I'm not surprised to see the extreme socialist Mr Hagan attending . I sense what will come out of this exercise will just be a renewed call for more demolition funds. They've been demolishing for 35 years and look at the result ! Until they have plans for what they want the City to BE , nothing will change .The City needs better leaders first & then the change will come , as it has in other blighted cities .Did Clarence Boles actually introduce himself as a former City councilman , after he was forced to resign that office in disgrace in 2004 ?http://www.vindy.com/news/2004/sep/01...The new Detroit Mayor says his mayoralty will be judged by whether the population of that City increases during his term . He said cities compete for population with each other & that cities that are badly run lose population .
March 5, 2014 at 4:40 p.m.
Doris Baugh said “Our area of the neighborhood’s really nice, but the rental property area isn’t,” With the aid of the County Auditors website and Google Streetview , I've checked out the first block of Doris' street ; which I presume to constitute her "rental property area" . I found 12 apparently investor owned properties . All looked tidy and were current with taxes . There were 9 owner occupied . All looked tidy , but 3 were multiple years tax delinquent and 1 of these was bankrupt , according to records.This block has small 1920's workers cottages , while Doris' end of the street are larger postwar houses with good setbacks. These houses will naturally be more appealing. It has little to do with who owns them .I saw no "unused vehicles on the street" , but maybe this is a recent phenomenon . If immobile cars are parked on the street , Doris should call the City .I know the community organizers are fond of nay saying landlords , but the reality is rather different . It's a tenants market for rental properties in Youngstown City & rentals have to meet City registration criteria as well. Youngstown's blight was caused by thousands of financially stressed owner occupiers abandoning their properties . Landlords have saved so many more by investing their own money ( seldom any grants or subsidies ) to make places habitable & no longer a neighborhood safety hazard. The tenants help support local businesses . It's easier for a landlord to get rid of a badly behaving tenant than to get rid of a problem owner occupier. I've seen examples of both . If a tenant is causing problems , residents should just let the owner or property manager know . Most landlords know its in their interest to do something about it .Meanwhile , as my survey showed , there are still owner occupiers unable to meet their obligations to the County and meet the responsibilities of ownership. If it wants the neighborhoods to recover economically , the City needs to put less emphasis on providing low income housing and more on attracting residents with jobs or marketable skills - and who are also good neighbors , whether they own or rent their accommodation.
February 27, 2014 at 4:39 p.m.
Folks could save themselves money by googling tradesmens' names before paying them large deposits .
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February 27, 2014 at 10:50 a.m.
Another black eye for the residents & taxpayers of Youngstown . More money wasted on surplus wages and benefits & superfluous equipment instead of fixing the City's decaying infrastructure .
Why replace staff when it has been agreed to reduce their numbers over 5 years ? The Dept itself admits it doesn't need an officer for every firefighter . Another promotion to captain ? - Youngstown already has enough captains for the whole Mahoning County
February 26, 2014 at 2:51 a.m.
"the city could reduce the amount of rainwater from those lines that burdens the city’s sewage- treatment plant" . This is a major problem citywide . The eastside project isn't going to make much difference to this problem ."It’s a good idea [to let the 90 acres go back to nature]" . I can't see why . This project wasn't foreshadowed in the recent Zoning Plan revision .This area could have been converted to several lifestyle farmlets bringing in new residents ( probably owner occupiers) with new spending power in the City , with some usable public open space and wetland protection and made a cash return to the City & Landbank . Youngstown will never experience a bureaucracy driven recovery . It's time to involve the private sector more , as other blighted cities have .
February 23, 2014 at 4:36 p.m.
So now the City is in the banking business ? Talk about crony capitalism ! Is there no limit to the largesse of the Council to well heeled developers with taxpayers' funds ( I'm assuming they won't raid the water and sanitation accounts again after the State Auditor's warning ) Just on the Wells building alone , the City has already committed a $2 million loan with an interest rate of 0.25 percent as well as city grants of up to $520,000 for water and wastewater improvements and up to $100,000 for improvement work, and a 12-year real-property tax abatement.The State tax credits being offered to repay the loans are forgone if completion dates are not met . What's the bets the developers come back for more of these sweetheart loan deals at Treasury Bond interest rates ?
February 20, 2014 at 12:02 a.m.
I think we need to put Dr Dunn's decision in the fall against the backdrop of events in Youngstown City's economy and its Mayoral election during that time .Who could blame him for taking the opportunity offered ? For decades , Youngstown has found it harder and harder to attract and retain skilled workers , entrepreneurs , large and small investors and quality civic leaders because it refuses to change its thinking . Dr Dunn's loss is , unfortunately , not at all unusual .Youngstown needs to take stock .
February 18, 2014 at 1:49 a.m.