YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Mahoning County Engineer Pat Ginnetti said he is concerned about a recurring misconception by local voters about how his office is funded and the Mahoning County sales tax, which is on the ballot next week.
He said the engineer’s office gets nothing from the county sales tax.
Ginnetti said the principle revenue sources for all county engineers in Ohio are fees charged on license plates for cars and trucks, and a portion of what motorists pay for tax on gasoline, which amounts to about 18.5 cents per gallon.
Ginnetti said that figure was established almost 20 years ago and has never been changed.
“So it does not follow with inflation. And with the new, higher efficiency cars, natural gas vehicles, electric cars and the price of gas being high, people are not buying as much gas, they are not doing as much,” he said.
Ginnetti said as funding levels are decreasing, costs for materials, like asphalt and road salt, keep increasing. He said the problem has his staff looking for ways to save, but it could eventually mean fewer projects can be done.