Toledo City Council makes dent in $27.7 million deficit

UPDATE--Union leaders will meet again Thursday with Mayor Carty Finkbeiner in an attempt to reach an agreement on possible concessions.

City Council has made enough cuts to slash nearly $7 million off a $27 million shortfall. But, there's been no action yet on the mayor's proposals to cut pay and the pension pickup for fire and police.

Council members say without concessions from the unions there will be major layoffs. In Wednesday's special meeting, Toledo City Council made a dent in the $27.7 million deficit.

Items that were approved include:

  • Trimming fire overtime to save $1.1 million
  • Reducing the fuel budget to save $500,000
  • Reducing office supplies to save $43,000
  • Reducing number of police officers to save $369,000
  • Other revenue enhancements to bring in $3.7 million

Items that were rejected include

  • Income tax on Toledoans who work outside the city
  • $400,000 for demolitions will remain in the budget
  • $400,000 for Toledo sports will remain

Items that were tabled

  • Garbage fee increase
  • Reduction in wages/pension for union city workers went to HR.