Mahoning, Trumbull leaders ready for 2017 budget challenges

County commissioners are hoping to bring more jobs to Trumbull County in the new year

Trumbull County Commissioners called 2016 a success, saying they were able to do more with less.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Trumbull County Commissioners called 2016 a success, saying they were able to do more with less.

Going forward, one of the top concerns — as always — is keeping the budget out of the red.

“Everything is on the table when you talk about budgets and how to stay in the black,” said Trumbull County Commissioner Mauro Cantalamessa.

Cantalamessa added that budget challenges are nothing new for the county and feels confident about them going forward.

Along with a $7.7 million waterline project that’s happening in 2017, county commissioners are hoping to bring more jobs to Trumbull County.

“Hopefully we’ll be able to work with our Port Authority, our Chamber of Commerce,” said Trumbull County Commissioner Frank Fuda. “We have some companies interested in the area. We’re hoping to land one of those companies or a couple of those companies.”

“With a continuing reduction in budgets, it’s a difficult task,” said Mahoning¬†County Commissioner David Ditzler.

Money may be a little tighter in Mahoning County too, but upgrades to the county courthouse — as well as a new dog pound — are in store for the upcoming year.

Commissioners say they’ll also focus on getting more grant money, which has been harder to come by.

“So we have to retool our thinking a little bit to get more help from the state and federal government,” said Mahoning¬†County Commissioner Anthony Traficanti. “That’s basically where we’re at.”