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Purchase of SUVs to be discussed at finance committee hearing

One of the SUVs. One of the SUVs.
TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

 Tensions continue to heat up between Toledo City Council and the Bell Administration, over the purchase of two SUVs used by the mayor and his executive staff.

At question are a 2010 GMC Terrain and a 2012 Chevy Tahoe, which some council members have maintained the mayor's office did not use the proper funding routes to obtain. The mayor's office has placed before council a measure to shift money from the General Fund to the Capital Replacement Fund, to show the General Fund covered the cost of those vehicles.

During Tuesday's agenda review meeting, City Law Director Adam Loukx told council he believes the vehicles were legally purchased but the spending measures used to obtain the vehicles were poorly written.

Councilman Mike Collins says the mayor's office wants to do some accounting clean-up to avoid fall-out from the Ohio Auditor's office.

"The administration has come to the realization in the 2012 CAFR report that is through the state auditor, there will be a finding," Collins said. "And that finding will not be favorable to the City of Toledo as it relates to the purchase of these vehicles."

The matter will be discussed further during council's finance committee hearing on March 21 at 1:30 p.m.   

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