Mahoning Co. Commissioners approve 2016 budget

Mahoning County Commissioners say their budget for next year will hold spending fairly even with this year's budget.


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Mahoning County Commissioners say their budget for next year will hold spending fairly even with this year’s budget.

On Thursday morning, commissioners approved their 2016 General Fund and Administrative Justice budgets. The two are covered by portions of the local 1.25 percent sales tax.

County Budget Director Audrey Tillis said the $62 million spending plan will cover existing programs, with little left for new or extra programs.

“There’s a transition between the two funds, and so all the expenses related to the prosecutor, coroner, 911 and the sheriff are in the Justice Fund,” she said. “Everything else is in the General Fund.”

Commissioners say the Justice Fund is covered by a 0.75 percent portion of the total sales tax, while all other departments will be supported by the remaining 0.5 percent.

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