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Small turnout for chance to share opinions with Toledo City Councilmen

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Three Toledo City Councilmen held a public forum to get citizen input on Toledo's proposed budget. They're looking to get that budget passed by the end of January, but they wanted to know what people thought about the plan before they voted.

The forum was held Saturday at the Heatherdowns Branch of the Toledo Public Library, and for the first time ever, it was scheduled on a weekend. The hope was that more residents might get the chance to speak on the weekend.

Councilmen Michael Collins and George Sarantou were on hand along with newly-appointed Councilman Shaun Enright to discuss the issues and listen to the opinions of residents living in District Two.

Only a small handful of people showed up, but they did get the chance to ask questions and give their input on the budget.

Sandra Jones is worried about her neighborhood. "The way the neighborhood is going down hill, I would like to see more improvements in people taking care of their property."

Councilman Collins said that crime is on the minds of his constituents. "The major concerns that I'm hearing is we need more police officers and that will be what my agenda will be for this particular budget.

Collins said City administrators declined to join the forum today. However, Toledo City Council and administrators will meet and go over the budget Monday at the Reynolds Corner Branch Library.

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