Boardman voters returned Trustee Larry Moliterno to a seat on the Boardman Township Board of Trustees on Tuesday night/
Mr. Moliterno outdistanced challenger Richard Scarsella, a member of the board of the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center, by a wide margin, almost 20 per cent.
Final unofficial tallies from the Mahoning County Board of Elections show Mr. Moliterno received 7965 votes, while Mr. Scarsella garnered 5457.
In brief remarks given to a small gathering at TJ’s Restaurant at the Holiday Inn, Mr. Moliterno said he considered it a privilege to work with his fellow trustees, Mr. Thomas Costello and Mr. Brad Calhoun ‘for the next four years!’
Under the current board of trustees, Boardman Township has improved its financial position with wage-freeze contracts for all its employees. The pacts with the township unions have also increased employee contributions to health insurance by some 15 per cent.
Additionally, under the current board. a 3.8-mil police levy was approved during a special election in August; and on Tuesday night, a 3-mil renewal issue for the township was approved, 9066 for and 5744 against.
Despite the contracts and passage of the police levy, Fiscal Officer William Leicht has cautioned that township funding received through state-generated revenues, especially estate taxes and commercial activity taxes, is expected to decline.
Mr. Leicht gained election for a fifth term as fiscal officer on Tuesday night, running unopposed and receiving more than 10,400 votes.
Nine liquor issues were also on Tuesday’s ballot, and all were approved, including at two gas stations and three restaurants.