Mahoning Co. commissioners hope voters will pass sales tax to pay for jail

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – With time running out until votes are counted Tuesday night for this year’s primary election in Ohio, Mahoning County commissioners believe they will see a portion of the county’s sales tax renewed.

Commissioners are counting on that three-quarters-of-a-penny tax to pay for the county’s criminal justice services, including the sheriff, the jail and other agencies.

It’s the only countywide issue on the ballot locally and turnout predictions are likely to be very low in this off-year election, but commissioners say they’re still hopeful voters will respond favorably.

“I mean, this is the jail. There are things that everybody, every township and the cities, they all use our jail. So these are things that we need and I believe that these areas will come out, and vote and help us with this,” Carol Righetti said.

This portion of the county’s overall sales tax brings in about $26 million a year. If it fails, commissioners would be forced to rely on the remainder of the tax to fund all county services.

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