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Toledo City Council delays budget vote over surplus confusion

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Confusion at Tuesday's Toledo City Council meeting delays what was expected to be the big 2014 budget vote.  It's the first budget for the new Collins Administration.

It will now come down to the 11th hour.

City Council has scheduled a special meeting on Monday, March 31st.  That is the last day required by law the city has to pass a balanced budget.

The delay is over confusion whether a $418,000 surplus exists.

"This is just not, not a proper way to run things," says Councilman Tom Waniewski.

Tensions flare in council chambers after Toledo Mayor Mike Collins says the proposed budget does not have a projected $418,000 surplus.

This comes the day council planned to vote on the $245 million dollar spending plan for 2014.

"We're going to have to go back to the drawing board and hope that the administration comes up with the information that we need," says Councilman Steve Steel.

"I was prepared to move forward until your statement that the 418 wasn't there," says Council President Paula Hicks-Hudson. "So what else is missing or not there?"

Council members say their paperwork from the administration cites the surplus.  Thursday evening, Councilman Jack Ford asked to amend the budget to use a portion of the surplus to fund shelters.

"This is the first time I'm hearing the 400-thousand projected surplus wasn't real," says Ford.

"I made this letter on the 14th of February and today's the 25th of March," says Mayor Mike Collins.

The mayor says when he wrote that money memo, he didn't know about other outstanding bills.

Collins says the dog warden wasn't paid for overtime last year, the state is raising rent for Government Center, and the rent wasn't paid for the first half of this year.

"Council knew that bills were left unpaid by the previous administration that we had no knowledge of," says Collins.

The mayor promised he'd give council more budget information by Friday so they have a weekend to prepare for Monday's vote.

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