YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Mahoning County voters will be asked to approve a new tax levy next March to help the area’s growing senior population.
On Thursday morning, Mahoning County Commissioners agreed to place a 1-mill senior citizens levy on the primary ballot next year.
If approved, the measure would bring in about $4 million annually to pay for various programs and services for those over the age of 60 around the county. Supporters say that segment of the local population is growing rapidly.
“It is estimated in 2020 — which is going to be four years away — we will have over 30 percent of our population over that, so we’re looking at close to 70,000 people that are over the age of 60. That’s a huge demographic,” said Joe Rossi, CEO of the Area Agency on Aging 11, Inc.
Rossi said the money could be used to provide transportation services, meals and daily care to senior citizens.
Supporters say there are already waiting lists for various senior programs in the county — ranging from providing meals to transportation services to personal care needs.
Mahoning County is presently the largest county in Ohio without a dedicated levy to pay for senior-related services.