With auto sales at a pace of 14.3 % increase over last year, and sales tax collected on each and every sale, once again this added income to Mahoning valley coffers, and still the elected officials have NO comment that just maybe this proposed additional 1/4% sales tax they seek, , may not be needed, and just another windfall income to waste on a new project at taxpayer expense.
October 10, 2014 at 9:25 a.m.
Make sure that everyone votes yes for issue 1 ( Mahoning valley justice tax ) so these agencies have plenty of money to capture these misdemeanor law breakers. Now I understand where the tax dollars are wasted investigating the "so called ( victimless crime ) prostitution. Maybe, if the Mahoning valley Justice would spend more time looking for violent crime the force could be cut in half and the tax not needed.
October 8, 2014 at 7:55 a.m.
Sales tax is based on the cost of products, so as each and every product price increases, the county automatically receives an increase in revenue. The latest headlines show car sales are far exceeding prior years, casino gambling money split, unemployment has come down, everything in the economy is on track, but yet Mahoning county desperately needs more money, then finds some new building to buy or renovate, enough is enough,, government can never have enough money and stay on budget,, time to reign in unlimited expenses and vote NO!
October 5, 2014 at 3:27 p.m.
now this is just another "FINE " job our government has passed on! Marriott International will pay $ 600,000 to the government while those consumers that actually paid out the money for the service get nothing. As far as Marriott being out, they just include it in the cost to do business and pass it on to the consumer, so another visit to the chain will just cost a little more and we all pay whether we used the wi-fi network or not. ANOTHER back door tax imposed by the government and the taxpayers foot the bill!
October 3, 2014 at 3:06 p.m.
agree that it is time for the same % property tax roll back, everything passes as an emergency spending, then shortly afterward, that stays and they need more.Attorneys for judge get elected, don't like the pay, ,DON'T RUN! The really good lawyers make much more and are not interested. ALL LAWYERS are overpaid, pass the law to lower their pay, then maybe the judge position wouldn't seem so bad!
August 31, 2014 at 9:01 a.m.
Of all the problems perplexing government controllers these days, one would wonder why this has become a priority all of a sudden. In the amount of time spent investigating an illegal sign and contacting the owner, just remove it and move on,, BUT NO, let's make it an issue and contact the prosecutor's office on these temporary signs. BETTER health of a community could be found a different way to spend taxpayer's dollars.
July 24, 2014 at 8:28 a.m.
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
July 18, 2014 at 9:38 a.m.
Money, money everywhere, but no one seems to have any! The state's casino revenue fell again the article states, just over $800m received per year, a few short years ago, this revenue did not exist. Even though it is not a direct tax, it is still a government income to be dispersed from the people source to a government controller and everyone at that level says there is no money and need more, EX> Mahoning county government, Needs money for safety forces, but set up DUI check points to the costs of thousands, to catch maybe 1 to 3 DUI that barely break the limit, but could have been spotted if impaired.Most that have a cell phone call in erratic driving, state and twp. police have time to sit and watch the traffic congestion at 224 & 680 and are going to ticket if you block the intersection, but they are not going to get out of the car and help direct traffic. I think they call that " TO SERVE AND PROTECT".The only serve part now is to gain more revenue by serving fines to increase local income, which never seems to be enough.
July 8, 2014 at 8:08 a.m.
HARVEY gave the correct answer to the government response to the possible geese over population when he stated "not enough information has been given to make an intelligent decision" The word intelligent involved would leave the government out!!Typical for a tax payer bill of $2283 for having the USDA ( another taxpayer based authority) solve a problem that no one on record authorized. NO CONTRACT, NO PAYMENT would be the answer.Then again, look at the cash influx from the hefty fines the park administration may have as they catch people enjoying the park that they fund.Wildlife has been around forever, but controllers have turned it into a money endeavor by any means to take from the common taxpayer, easy answer is to eliminate metro parks funding, sounds obvious to me that it seems there is NO communication of their members, and NO ONE really knows what is going on anyway.
July 5, 2014 at 9:46 a.m.
wake up taxpayers, going from $16m to $24 million income from the tax is a 50% increase in revenue. The money is earmarked for the justice system, all that does is release money from the other half percent permanent tax in place so the controllers can once again start unrestricted use of taxpayers money.REMEMBER, this is a SALES TAX, every item over the years that has raised in price, automatically sends more of your money to the tax collector. THEY outspend this increase and need more, always the same, government spending is out of control at all levels, TIME to say enough is enough.
July 3, 2014 at 8:55 a.m.