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Mahoning County Commissioners look ahead to 2014

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Mahoning County Commissioners reflect on 2013 and move forward into the new year.

In 2013 commissioners say the battle was doing more with less.

"There's really no fat, that some folks think we have here," said Commissioner Anthony Traficanti. "We're really down to the bare bone in the county because of the significance of cuts from the state and federal government."

Still commissioners say they've accomplished great things in 2013. They point to staffing levels of county deputies which have been restored, the county jail is once again fully operational, renovation
projects that have been on the back burner for years, like restoring the county courthouse, are now moving forward, and anticipated revenue from the Austintown Racino will be used to help improve county roadways.

"We haven't had an influx of that type of capitol into our road systems in Mahoning County in forever," said Commissioner David Ditzler.

But looking forward to 2014 commissioners say the county's budget will still be tight.

Steps being taken to reduce spending and generate cash include the sale of the former county annex building.

"We'll remove that building off of the rolls of Mahoning County," said Commissioner Carol Rimedio-Righetti. "Which means you don't pay insurance there, you don't have heating water because you still have to keep that building functional with the utilities until you sell it."

Commissioners will also ask voters to approve an increase in sales tax. The money potentially generated will be used towards the jail, prosecutors and courts.

"Because when that jail is half closed our homicide rates in the county increase, that's no good for anyone. When that jail is fully open the homicide rate actually decreases," said Traficanti.

Steps they're taking today in hopes of making Mahoning County a safe place to live, work and attract new business well into the future.

 

 

 

 

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