Council looking for funding options to repair Toledo roads

TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) - Potholes have been a major source of frustration lately in Toledo, including for members of city council.

"I'm experiencing what my fellow citizens are experiencing, and I'm not a good dodger, so I've gone through a few potholes," said Councilwoman Sandy Spang.

This year the city will spend $6 million for repaving projects on major streets where state and federal funding has also been secured. Spang hopes the city can free up some additional money within this year's budget.

"We need to review the budget. I think we need to make that a high priority. It's an economic development issue. It's a safety issue. It reaches out into so many areas."

Mayor D. Michael Collins says the one option the city can't afford to consider is borrowing more money for street repaving.

"We have a debt service that is realistically choking us right now," he said. "That's because we kicked the can by borrowing money and now we're paying for that money to be borrowed."

The mayor says the city will be asking for additional state and federal assistance.

"I'm hoping we can see the State of Ohio and the federal government provide some relief," he said.

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