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Mahoning County residents asked to renew justice tax

YOUNGSTOWN — Mahoning County residents will be asked to renew the .75 percent sales tax known as the justice tax on Tuesday’s ballot.

County residents will see a renewal of the sales and use tax for the .75 percent designated for the justice tax for five years.

Commissioner David Ditzler said the justice tax funds 100 percent of the sheriff, prosecutor, coroner and 911 dispatch operations.

“Basically without it the county jail and safety would probably shut down,” he said.

Ditzler said the sales tax generates approximately $26 million and the jail requires about $23 million to operate.

According to Audrey C. Tillis, executive director of the commissioners, the justice tax allows each of the offices to maintain a level of service that is required for the county to “address issues with crime and public safety.”

“With the tax the office holders are able to be proactive with participation on various task support within the county to address the growing needs in our valley,” she said.

The total tax rate is 7.25 percent. The state’s allocation is 5.75 percent, the justice tax is .75 percent, the county general fund is .5 percent and the Western Reserve Transit Authority (WRTA) is .25 percent.

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