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Public talks city budget with Mayor

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Balancing the budget hasn't been east for the city of Toledo, especially with so many needs across the community.

"One of the biggest concerns are the youth programs, safety, and the blighted properties," Jodi Gross, an east Toledo resident said.

Since 2008, Toledo has lost millions in state funding. 

That's why this budget shows a transfer of $14.1 million from the CIP to the general fund to end the year in the black.

"We're trying to resolve these issues with $16 million fewer dollars," Mayor D. Michael Collins said.

The Mayor held a public meeting on the budget Wednesday.

Many in the crowd were encouraged that layoffs weren't on the table for police and fire.

But feelings changed when it came to city recreation.

"At Collins Park and Birmingham there is no equipment, period," east Toledo resident, Julianne Emerson said.

She worries about the kids in her neighborhood not having any extra curricular activities.

"The kids are roaming the streets and they have no focus," Emerson said.

Even though it's not reflected in the budget, Mayor Collins says there is some good news.

"The [police] chief and assistant chief have committed a quarter of a million dollars out of their capital budget in order to cover the operating expenses of pools," he said.

It's unclear which pools will open this summer, but the hope is it will help keep the kids busy in the summer and improve neighborhoods at the same time.

Toledo City Council has until March 31st to pass a balanced budget.

 

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