Substantial cuts in state subsidies and the loss of state reimbursement for the defunct tangible personal-property tax make renewal of a 2-mill, 5-year levy crucial to maintaining current program levels, said Larry Duck, superintendent of the Mahoning County Board of Developmental Disabilities.
The MCBDD, which provides facilities, programs and services for developmentally disabled Mahoning County residents, has asked the Mahoning County commissioners to place the renewal levy on the November general-election ballot.
The levy has generated about $5,132,545 a year since it was renewed in fiscal year 2006 (July 1, 2006, to June 30, 2007), and has been certified to generate $4,850,659 annually if passed in November.
The reasons for the reduced amount of taxes collected from the levy are delinquent tax payments, foreclosures, abatements or other tax reduction or collection provisions, and the area’s economic decline, Duck said.
The levy is 19 years old, and the board is not asking for an increase or a replacement, he added.
The MCBDD’s other property-tax levy, a 3-mill, 5-year measure renewed last November, generated about $11.7 million in fiscal year 2010, which began July 1, 2009. The