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A Youngstown property owner's lament

By Bertram de Souza (Contact)


Published February 8, 2009

Last Saturday, while awaiting the start of "The Valley's Talkin' with Doc and Bert" on 1330 TALK WGFT (it's broadcast live from Panera Bread in Canfield), a man who said he owned several properties in Youngstown asked this writer the following question: "Is there a way to prevent non-property owners from voting on property tax levies?"

He explained that the recently passed 9.5 percent Youngstown city school levy was going to be a major financial burden on him.

He's right. The worn-out idea that owners of rental property simply pass on the tax increase to their tenants is without foundation when talking about a city like Youngstown. A lot of renters in the city are iffy at best.

Indeed, the question about who should and should not vote on taxes has been asked before — again in Youngstown. Several years ago, when city government sought an income tax increase, the campaign conducted in certain areas was as follows: Vote to raise the income tax rate to 2.75 percent because you won't be paying it.

Given the large number of city residents on fixed income — social security or welfare — a disproportionate amount of the city income tax is paid by non-Youngstowners who work in the city. Is that fair? Indeed, these taxpayers don't even have a vote.

If the city isn't careful, property owners will sell (even at a loss) and flee and employers will succumb to pressure from their non-resident employees and relocate their businessess to the suburbs.

 

 


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