County leaders push for sales tax at forum

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – After the sales tax renewal failed on the May ballot, Mahoning County leaders continue to push to make sure it passes in November.

Commissioner Carol Rimedio-Righetti said it is imperative the sales tax passes, saying the county cannot operate without it. If the tax passes, it would help fund the sheriff’s office, the prosecutor’s office, the 911 call center and the county coroner’s office.

The tax will bring in $24 million annually if it passes. Right now, the county is facing a deficit going into next year.

The 0.05 percent sales tax is just a renewal, but the ballot measure would add an additional 0.025 percent sales tax.

The tax issue was just one of many issues talked about at a candidate’s forum in Youngstown. Other issues discussed included two charter amendments, one that will possibly reduce the number of wards in Youngstown from seven to five and one that would ban fracking within the city limits.

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