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Dear Ms. Rimedio Righetti: We have economic development

By Todd Franko (Contact)

Published March 23, 2012

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Mahoning County is holding off for a few weeks the decision to add to the county bed tax in order to fund economic development at the airport.

As the heated debate heads toward a two-county summit, with the Chamber also sitting in, Commissioner Rimedio Righetti cautioned Friday in The Vindy that funding economic development is vital.

Here’s some history, boss: We do fund economic development.

Here’s a story we wrote in 2010.

In the story, the figure $1 million is used. That’s a very low, conservative definition.

A news hawk sent us a report a few years ago that added up the alphabet soup of agencies — city, county, regional -- that claim economic development impact on the Valley. And the real dollars are far more than $1 million. That’s just vending machine money.

So we do spend plenty on economic development already.

Before spending more with more bed tax dollars, how good are we spending the current money now?


1palbubba(767 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

"Before spending more with more bed tax dollars, how good are we spending the current money now?" Todd, the answer to your question is not good at all. Consider the tax and spend policies of the counties one party system and you will know why.

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2chuck_carney(499 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

Shouln't the last sentence read "how well' instead of 'how good'. It's been decades since high school, but I believe an adverb should be used. Mr. Franko's english is the 'worsest".

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3tookie(64 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

When I saw Commissioner Righetti's statement about the need to do economic development in the Valley, I thought, has she been living under a rock? It seems that we've been doing economic development very well the last five years or so with private (Chamber) and some public entities. Now she wants to send $400,000 annually to the port, which has little to nothing to show for two years of public sector funding (actually about $600,000). That's a real shame and waste.

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4TheTruth4U(20 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

You people have got to be kidding me! Over the past two years, during this country's worst depression since the 1930's our valley's leaders, both business and political have done a great job! Our Democratic Congressman Tim Ryan, Tom Humphries of the Chamber, all three Democratic Mayors in Girard, Youngstown and Warren are responsible for well over $3 BILLION dollars in construction projects alone! We had the COUNTRY'S largest manufacturing construction project in 2011. You complain no matter what is done and never give anyone credit. Todd Franko is way off base, and the rest of you are nuts!

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5author50(1121 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

Maintain the status quo with oodles of monies from the taxpayers. Who is going to stop them?

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