Mayor Mike Bell is sending the right messages.
He is not going to put his name on the welcome signs that sit on the Toledo borders. That's refreshing humility. I like the mayor's "It's not all about me attitude."
He has been forthcoming about the true size of the deficit, which is about $40 million. He also said that before he asks taxpayers to approve an increase, he is going to push the city workers unions to make some needed and reasonable concessions. That's refreshing honesty.
It is also a tough but necessary step. I think he's up to the task.
Mayor Bell also receives some high marks for the way he is choosing his advisors. He attracts good people and lets them do their jobs.