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Mahoning County Commissioners begin hearings on proposed sales tax increase

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Mahoning County Commissioners will hold a hearing on Monday morning on the proposed sales tax increase that will appear on the May ballot.

Commissioners are asking for a quarter percent sales tax increase over the current seven percent sales tax in the county.

The county hopes that the 7.25 percent sales tax would generate an extra $7.5 million a year to help offset cuts in state funding.

Commissioner David Ditzler and County Budget Director Audrey Tillis appeared on WFMJ Weekend Today to discuss the proposed sales tax.

 "We want to hear what people have to say. There are two options the board is considering to put on the ballot. They both do the exact same thing, but there are two options and we want to make that clear to everybody so the board will know how to proceed at that point," Tillis said

 "We'll go to any local community to talk. We'll talk to people individually," Ditzler said.

The sales tax hearing is set for 10:30 am Monday in the commissioners hearing room at the Mahoning County Courthouse.

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