South Range, West Branch issues on Mahoning ballot

YOUNGSTOWN–Mahoning County residents will see two countywide levies on the November ballot while several local communities will be deciding on issues including requests for additional money in Smith Township and West Branch Local School District.

The filing deadline to place issues on the general election ballot was last Wednesday.

The Mahoning County Board of Mental Health and Recovery is seeking a renewal of current expenses with an increase at 1.35 mills for five years while the Mahoning County Children Services is seeking renewal of 1.85 mills for five years for care and placement of children.

On the local level, the West Branch school board is asking residents to approve a .5 percent earned income tax for five years to avoid an $850,000 operating deficit while the South Range school board is looking to voters to combine the district’s three renewal levies into one renewal of 8.8 mills for 10 years.

Smith Township trustees will again place a new money levy on the ballot after a defeat in May, this time at 1 mill for five years for operating expenses.

Other local issues and liquor options include:

–Village of Sebring, renewal of .5 mill for five years for recreational purposes

–Beaver Township, an additional 1 mill for five years for the fire department

–Beaver township, gas aggregate

–Berlin Township, gas aggregate

–Green Township, gas aggregate

–Ellsworth Township, gas aggregate

–Ellsworth Precinct 2, Sunoco, 11025 Akron Canfield Road, wine and mixed beverages weekly and Sunday