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Mahoning residents won't see tax hike in 2011

Published December 21. 2010 05:00PM

Mahoning Township residents definitely will not see an increase in township taxes in 2011 as supervisors on a 3-1 vote adopted the resolution outlining the 2011 budget which totals $1,143,588.

Chairperson John Wieczorek and supervisors Linda Benner and Travis Steigerwalt voted in favor of the budget while Supervisor George Stawnyczyj cast the lone vote against and Supervisor Frank Ruch was unable to attend last Monday's meeting.

"I don't believe the budget is realistic" was Stawnyczyj's comment after the vote although he declined to explain to the rest of the board any specifics about what he meant by the comment.

In contrast, a second vote to ratify the 3.75 millage levy on the township which was the same as last year passed 4-0 with 3.25 mills allocated for the General Fund and 0.25 mill each to machinery and equipment and the fire protection funds.

In addition, the supervisors also approved 4-0 a motion to advertise a reorganizational meeting for 2011 on January 3rd and will decide at the next meeting the schedule for 2011.

Also, supervisors adopted an ordinance that set the fees for the collection of costs incurred in cleaning up hazardous materials on a 4-0 vote. This ordinance was requested earlier this year by the Mahoning Township Fire Chief Mark Ebbert who said they needed a formal fee schedule in order to bill insurance companies for cleanup of materials used in emergency incidents.

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