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Mahoning County Sales Tax Renewal (May 2010)

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There was a Mahoning County Sales Tax Renewal measure on the May 4 ballot in Mahoning County.

This measure was approved

  • YES 29,898 (67.79%)Approveda
  • NO 14,207 (32.21%)[1]

This measure sought to renew the existing .5 percent sales tax which is used for general purposes in the county. There was controversy over the ballot language, 'Renewal' is not allowed to be used for sales and use taxes. But Ohio state officials decided that the county had submitted the ballot language before the policy was changed so they were allowed to keep the wording. County officials are more hopeful that the tax will be passed with the word renewal because voters will see it not as an increase.[2] Since it was approved, the tax will be in place for a further five years and will continue to generate around $13 million for the county. County officials were the main supporters on the measure, stressing the need of the funds to maintain the services offered by the county. Revenues were expected to decrease as resident spend less and county budget funds also decrease. County officials stressed that without the passing of this renewal, services would be cut.[3]