Youngstown resident fixing up dozens of properties for family

Youngstown is forgiving outstanding bills on properties owned by a man who is fixing them up to move in family from New York

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – The city of Youngstown is lending a hand to what it’s calling a “good neighbor.”

Thursday, the city’s Board of Control, along with the Mahoning County Land Bank, agreed to forgive any outstanding water bills or liens on properties being purchased or already owned by Youngstown resident William Johnson. He is buying properties throughout the city to bring his family here to live from New York.

Mayor John McNally says the back-due bills on some of the properties being purchased by Johnson date back over 20 years ago.

“He’s doing a nice job of improving his neighborhood, keeping the grass cut,” McNally said. “We are doing this in an effort to encourage him to bring more family members to Youngstown.”

According to the auditor’s website, Williams owns nearly two dozen properties.