That was one year ago today (July 25, 2007).
- July 25, 2007 Toledo Talk - Carty requests that his salary be reduced and number of councilmen from 12 down to 8
- July 25, 2007 Toledo Blade - Finkbeiner seeks own pay cut, wants number of councilmen slashed to eight
The reduction in the number of city council members would take effect in , the next scheduled round of municipal elections after this fall . The mayor said in his letter that he chose eight as the optimum number of council members after reviewing the number of councilmen serving in the eight largest cities in Ohio.
I don't know if the mayor realized his wish of taking a pay cut.
I assume the council reduction idea is still under review by some committee, and the city is on track to have the change ready for next year.
- July 25, 2008 Toledo Blade - Toledo is $2.5M in red; deficit may hit $5M
Good thing Toledoan's back in March voted to continue the 25-year-old temporary 3/4 percent payroll tax.
From today's Blade story :
As to the revenue problem with the cameras, I guess that means the cameras are doing their job, and people are driving safer, which is what I thought the traffic cameras were all about. Well, that depends upon who you talk to.
- Nov 8, 2007 Toledo Blade - Toledo city council weighs higher fines with more red-light cameras
Councilman Rob Ludeman said he was a skeptic when the cameras were introduced in 2001, but was won over by the evidence of reduced accidents at camera intersections. "What sold me was not so much the revenue source but making the intersections safer," he said.Councilman Frank Szollosi said the proposed agreement is "good news for the budget," but bad news for traffic violators.
- Feb 6, 2008 Toledo Blade - City mulls $120 fines for traffic violations :
Council President Mark Sobczak said the increase request does not seem to have opposition from councilmen. "No one likes to raise fees but, quite frankly, we are trying to balance the budget," Mr. Sobczak said. "It's not out of the range of acceptable fees, and the administration is counting on increased fees to help balance the budget."
Lisa Renee at Glass City Jungle said back on Feb 6, 2008 :
So based upon today's Blade story, the City needs more dangerous, law-breaking drivers at intersections with traffic enforcement cameras.
Sep 3, 2008 Update - WSPD story
Oct 2, 2008 Update - WSPD story :
- MAYORAL CHIEF OF STAFF BOB REINBOLT - DROP IN THE BUCKET
- REINBOLT - DEFICIT WILL CARRYOVER INTO 2009
- TOLEDO FIRE CHIEF MIKE WOLEVER - TEAM PLAYER
- WOLEVER - DONE AS MUCH AS HE CAN
More from today's, July 25, 2008 Toledo Blade story :
In addition to sinking revenues, costs are skyrocketing. "We have higher overtime, and fuel costs are tremendously high," Mr. Sherburne said. Though the city has used about 36,000 fewer gallons of fuel during the first half of 2008, over the same period last year its fuel cost was much higher. Regular wages and overtime are up for the city because of higher spending by the police, fire, and refuse departments.
Councilman George Sarantou, chairman of council's finance committee, said overtime costs have been the biggest problem for the city, followed by rising fuel costs. "The biggest contributor to the overtime is the fire department's time," Mr. Sarantou said. "They have a 103 minimum staffing level that is making the overtime soar."Councilman Joe McNamara said council should avoid using the city's rainy-day fund, which has $6.4 million. Mr. McNamara recently warned council that the city would not be able to continue handing out 3 percent annual wage increases to its bargaining units. The city slashed about $22 million in spending over the last two budget cycles. Mr. Sherburne said 2009 likely will bring even more cuts for the city.
Toledo Mayor Carty Finkbeiner accepting the
3rd place award for Toledo at the
2007 International LivCom Awards
Higher spending by the refuse departments, eh? It's a good thing Toledo city government in the Spring of 2007 created the new
refuse fee [city tax], and we must applaud city government for continuing with that fee for a second year.
$6.4 million rainy-day fund minus the $2.5 million deficit equals $3.9 million on the plus-side.
The city's financial report for the year up to May 31, compared to the first five months of 2007, shows :
- Business income-tax revenues were down 23 percent to about $8 million.
- Overtime was up 84 percent to $2.2 million.
- Other salaries and wages, which covers the payout for accumulated vacation time, was up 79 percent to $1.3 million.
(source: Toledo Blade)