Mahoning sales tax issue passes

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A sales tax renewal and increase passed by a slim margin in Mahoning County.

Dubbed the justice tax, voters apparently believed it is the best way to fund some of the county’s biggest offices. The issue passed by a margin of 51 to 49 percent, according to complete but unofficial results from the Mahoning County Board of Elections.

Issue 1 was actually two separate levies: A renewal of the existing 0.5 percent sales tax for five years and an additional 0.25 percent for five years. The money will be earmarked for the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office, Prosecutor’s Office, Coroner’s Office and the Mahoning County 911 Center. The levy will raise about $9.3 million a year for five years.

The tax failed during May’s primary election, and county leaders have since pushed for it to pass in the fall election.

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