Trumbull could be looking at sales tax increase

Trumbull County Commissioners

WARREN, Ohio (WYTV) – Trumbull County Commissioners may have to address the issue of increasing the sales tax as they continue to operate lean in 2015.

The budget, which commissioners plan to pass Wednesday, is $44.7 million dollars. That’s only $1 million more than last year.

County Auditor Adrian Biviano said they are not seeing a growth in their sales tax, and they are way under what they need to continue operating the way they do now.

“There has been growth in the other counties around us, but we have not experienced that,” Biviano said. “Our levels from 2012 to 2013 were only up two percent. Our 2014 to 2013 sales tax total revenues only went up three percent.”

Biviano says if commissioners decide to increase the sales tax, the money would go to fund the justice system which takes up the biggest chunk of the general fund.

The last time Trumbull County increased the sales tax was in 2005.

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