City layoffs back on council's desk

By Rob Wiercinski - bio | email

TOLEDO (WTOL) - In response to city council holding off on certain aspects of the mayor's budget balancing plan, the mayor announced Friday, April 17 that 150 police officers will need to be laid off, should the budget situation remain the same.

Council is considering several options to address the general fund deficit, currently estimated at around $20 million dollars. Appearing once again on council's agenda for next week are measures to increase the monthly refuse fee and reducing the income tax credit for Toledoans who work outside the city. Though council is reluctant to move on revenue enhancement measures without first reducing operating expenses.

Monday afternoon, April 20, a council committee will review a plan to raise franchise fees to video service providers. It's a move aimed at raising around $500,000 per year. Meanwhile, to the best of our knowledge, there's been no progress on working out new contracts with several city unions aimed at lowering expenses.

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