"The Republican push to cut taxes for the last thirty years has indeed made us "race for the bottom." "
Since when has Toledo cut taxes? What about the "temporary" 3/4 percent payroll tax from 1983 that Toledo voters renew every few years? That 1983 "temporary" tax increase helped fund more Toledo police. It was renewed again two years ago. Toledo City Council member Wilma Brown warned voters that if that tax was not renewed ...
Councilman Wilma Brown was much more direct about the issue. "It's going to burn our city," she said during a finance committee meeting. Mrs. Brown said she would "flame-proof" her house and not drive her car because of the reduced police and fire forces should the income tax fail.
And now she's council prez. The 3/4 percent tax was renewed, but didn't Toledo reduce the police force anyway, at least for a while? Have you heard of the new city tax from three years ago that's code-named "refuse fee?" And now we may get a chance this year to vote ourselves another "temporary" city of Toledo tax increase. Population continues to decline, so the answer is to raise taxes. That's worked well for Toledo over the past 20 years.
Personally, I think these business owners are exaggerating the crime issue. After all, we have the Erie Street Market, a new baseball stadium, a new arena, a new science museum, bike paths, flowers at entry ways to the city, new trash cans, TPS rated Continuous Improvement, and a 3rd place finish in the 2007 LivCom competition. So it's impossible for these business owners to have safety concerns.