Mahoning County budget takes $100K hit

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — Mahoning County commissioners announced a $100,000 cut to the local government fund at their meeting Friday morning, adding to an already-existing budget shortage.

The funding cut means less money for local jurisdictions.

One commissioner said he wants to take the issue to the governor.

Mahoning County Commissioners are all too familiar with funding cuts. Since 2010, the local government fund has been slashed by almost 50 percent.
In 2011, Mahoning got almost $5 million. After this latest $100,000 cut, it’s a little more than $2.4 million.

Mahoning County Director of Management and Budget Audrey Tillis said the state’s increase in sales tax doesn’t fit in the revenue sharing formula. That formula helps decides how much money the state gives to the county, which in turn gives some to cities and townships.

“All of the local government funding to their areas is also going to be cut,” said Mahoning County Commissioner Carol Rimedio-Righetti.

Youngstown City will likely lose close to $55,000, while Austintown will lose $11,000.

That money helps pay for things like office employees and support staff.

Rimedio-Righetti said Mahoning County isn’t the only one in this dillemma. She wants leaders in the tri-county area to form a pact, go to Columbus and talk with the governor.

“We get all this money cut, where do we go for money?” Rimedio-Righetti said. “There’s nowhere for us to go other than our normal sales tax.”

The reduction comes at the same time commissioners are asking voters to continue paying the half of a percent sales tax.

“It gives us continuity of those dollars. We know that we can plan on from five years, 10 yeasrs 15 years from now,” Tillis said.

Check out budget figures for 2011 through 2014 here.

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