City of Toledo urges tax renewal

Toledo's police chief wants the tax passed.
Toledo's police chief wants the tax passed.
As does Mike Collins, who asks, "It would be severely compromising to housing stock in Toledo. If your city isn't safe, how do you recover the loss that's going to incur to housing stock?"
As does Mike Collins, who asks, "It would be severely compromising to housing stock in Toledo. If your city isn't safe, how do you recover the loss that's going to incur to housing stock?"

TOLEDO -- On Tuesday, Toledo voters will decide whether or not the city's revenue stream remains intact, reports News 11's Rob Wiercinski.

The city's facing the possibility of making drastic cuts should a tax issue get defeated. To preclude that possibility, Toledo police called out the calvary as part of an appeal to voters to renew the city's 3/4 percent income tax.

Without that $57 million revenue stream, Toledo Police Department's Chief Mike Navarre says there would be no way to avoid handing out pink slips within the department.

"We lose this 3/4 percent income tax that represents about 23 percent of the city's general fund, and there's no place else to cut other than personnel," Navarre says.

The possibility of losing around 200 uniformed officers is the main concern of some community members who spoke out in support of Issue 1.

"Please think about what's going to be right for the safety of the city and for your families," admonishes Toledo Blockwatch Coordinator Michael Dearth. "Without this levy, we are going to be drastically cutting back on the folks that are keeping us safe."

The 2009 version of TPD would look much different from today's force if the tax isn't renewed, Navarre argues.

"We're going to have skeleton investigative services to do follow up investigations on serious felonies, and we're going to be able to respond to calls for service," Navarre sas.

Others are worried about the economic impact that would presumably result from the cuts.

"It would be severely compromising to housing stock in Toledo. If your city isn't safe, how do you recover the loss that's going to incur to housing stock?" queries Toledo City Councilman Mike Collins.

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