Oct 20, 2016 - Toledo Blade - Toledo has no funds for sidewalk repairs
“At this time, it is anticipated that the 2017 CIP plan will not include funding for a sidewalk replacement program,” according to a letter sent to councilmen.
“Funding for a sidewalk program in past years has been in the range of $600,000 to $1.2 million.”
Mar 17, 2016 - Toledo Blade - Residential street problems remain
The mayor said Toledo has “more than $750 million in street repairs that need funding,” but there is no money to repair residential streets in 2016.
(Eventually, the city turned over enough couch cushions to find some change for a few street repairs.)
Oct 6, 2016 - Toledo Blade - Taxpayers put $45,000 in city pools for season
Glad our priorities are set. 45K does little for street and sidewalk repair, but that does not mean it should be spent elsewhere.
I'm sure someone will point out that the money probably comes from different budgets. Why does that matter? It's all taxpayer money. The two budget thing means almost nothing, anyway.
The city will have to again transfer millions out of its capital improvements budget to pay for daily operations. This year that amount will be $10.4 million.
But several years ago, the voters chose to allow this siphoning.
And the voters are to blame for this year's problems.
Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson had sought to increase the city’s payroll tax earlier this year to help fix more roads but voters handily rejected the tax hike.
I don't understand the money problems with all of Toledo's revenue streams.
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