YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – About 50 people gathered Wednesday night for a Town Hall meeting at the Covelli Center to discuss a proposed fund that would continue the fight against blight in Youngstown.
City administrators are proposing an Environmental Sanitation Enterprise Fund. If approved, it would mean an increase in residential sanitation fees that would aid in the demolition of abandoned buildings and houses.
Youngstown Mayor John McNally said the city is also proposing a decrease in monthly water bills to offset almost all of the costs.
Some Youngstown residents are concerned about the rising fees, however.
“They want to raise the sewage, and I don’t think that should be done, because there are a lot of elderly people in this year. There are a lot of people on fixed income, and there’s not that many jobs in this area, and how are we going to pay for this?” Youngstown resident Thelma Burroughs said.
Youngstown City Council will have the final reading of this proposal at the next council meeting on November 18. Council must take action after the third reading.