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Youngstown’s future is bleak

By Bertram de Souza (Contact)


Published March 13, 2011

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If Youngstown’s population of 66,971 came as a shock to you, as it did Mayor Jay Williams, just wait until the number behind the overall number is made public. It will cause a political earthquake, not only in the city, but also throughout the Mahoning Valley.

When it is revealed that the majority of Youngstown residents do not pay the ridiculously high 2.75 percent income tax because they are on fixed incomes — welfare or Social Security — the ramifications will be evident. A shrinking city that is unable to generate revenue from its own residents and must depend on suburbanites who work within the corporate limits is a city on borrowed time.

Indeed, it will be interesting to see how many of the Youngstown residents who do have jobs are slopping at the public trough: City government, county government, the federal and state courts, social service agencies and Youngstown State University.

There isn’t an easy answer for what ails Youngstown, because even city government workers who earn pretty big salaries have bolted to the suburbs. Perhaps if they all came back to live in Youngstown the future wouldn’t be so bleak.


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1fd6636(255 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

I WAS GONNA COMMENT, BUT YOUR SUCH AN "ORGAN" THAT I"LL PASS.

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2VINDYAK(1799 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

During tough economic times, when families suffer through declining household incomes, serious financial decisions must be made. Those decisions eventually include moving to areas where taxes and costs are less. People have abandoned homes that cannot be sold in a stagnant market. The city is losing three fold. First, the income base, then the property taxes not only from unpaid taxes, but also declining values. Then there is the cost of legal action and clean-up.

Not all of this can be blamed on the Mayor, BUT the Mayor seems completely ignorant of what is going on, so it appears no attempts to problem solve will be forthcoming. Look for drastic measures only when the next election year comes up.

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3Ben(7 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

Youngstown has never seriously faced its financial problems, it was always tax more and kick he can down the road for someone else to fix.

Now it is becoming to late to fix.
I guess 43 yrs of one political party has had the desired effect.

The mayor should have quit looking for handouts and started looking at what he could do himself to help Youngstown.

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4Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

I see a bright future in bailbonding and producing crackpipes here in Youngstown . The next step involves plant genetics and the survivability of the Coca Leaf in our climate . Yep, Utopia may not be here in its entirety but it is in the fast lane to arrival .

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5Askmeificare(700 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

@ Vindyak and Ben:

"Look for drastic measures only when the next election year comes up."

Youngstown has never seriously faced its financial problems, it was always tax more and kick he can down the road for someone else to fix.

In the 5th Ward a candidate, Salata, PUBLICLY stated that he was donating 10% of his council salary to help senior citizens and crime victims, if he wins the election.

Salata, 5th ward candidate also PUBLICLY stated he would donate $5,000.00 to fund drug tests for people on assistance, if he wins the election.

http://www.vindy.com/news/2011/jan/11...

I say vote this Salata guy in and see what he does. I wish I was in his ward. He is trying things in a different way and using his own money to boot!

What are the other options to get someone on city council that can make a difference for our city? Too bad a republican can't win.

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6Ianacek(900 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

Youngstown should give all new arrivals an income tax holiday of perhaps 5 years .

Mayor Williams made a mistake accepting a party endorsement for his second term, as he has become a "lame duck" , leaving it to the next Mayor to complete the job . However, I acknowledge he has put a ew engine in the vehicle for the Valley as a whole .

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7VINDYAK(1799 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

@askmeificare

You have to give Kevin Salata a lot of credit for his offer. It's a bold statement, but also a tactically smart move. I'm sure others running for office are all cringing over his statements.

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8Askmeificare(700 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

@ VINDYAK:

Your right.

Kevin Salata has very publicly stated he wants to lessen council wards and council positions.

Additionally, Salata stated he would donate 10 percent of his council salary to help senior citizens and victims of crime.

And there's more.

Kevin Salata made these statements to the media and I heard he said the same at meetings.

I hope for our citys' sake Salata wins and for Kevin Salatas' sake that he isn't another blowhard politician just talking to talk.

I'm out of Kevin Salatas' ward, but I hope his ward voters are hearing him.

I sure wish him success.

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9GPackwood(35 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

Does it make any common sense for a city with a population of 66,971 to have a city council and a county government entity?

Not to mention the same logic mess for the City of Warren and Trumbull County.

All of these city and country elected officials are trying to grab their share of any monies that show-up for their voters.

Yet the amount of money that does show-up doesn't amount to much.

Moving elected officials out of their ten bedroom government city/county home and into one home with a planning department seems rational.

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10Westsider(222 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

I no longer live in the city - but I would like to see Mahoning County replicate the Cuyahoga County Council model. Of course it would still be dominated by Democrats - but decisions would be made more equitably and each political subdivision would have a say in how monies are spent and decisions made. Especially in view of the state's blow to local government funds - in some ways it makes sense to pull together

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11ValleyNative(174 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

Captain Obvious just called. He wants his job back.

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12YoungstownProud(12 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

"In the 5th Ward a candidate, Salata, PUBLICLY stated that he was donating 10% of his council salary to help senior citizens and crime victims, if he wins the election.

Salata, 5th ward candidate also PUBLICLY stated he would donate $5,000.00 to fund drug tests for people on assistance, if he wins the election."

Wow! You bet I'm voting for Salata! Time to elect someone who cares.

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