Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Police, Fire, Libraries Hang in Balance


Toledo City Councilman Frank Szollosi joined (right to left) President Tina Skeldon Wozniak and Commissioner Pete Gerken, Toledo Mayor Jack Ford, Maumee Mayor Tim Wagener, and Oregon City Councilman Matt Szollosi (and Clyde Scoles, not pictured, Director of the Toledo/Lucas County Public Library system) this afternoon to kickoff a campaign to salvage the Local Government Fund from state budget cuts.

You can calculate the impact on your community on-line.

The City of Toledo will suffer a loss of $3.6 million - jeopardizing funding for Toledo Police and Fire. We are putting together a bipartisan group of NW Ohio officials to join our state delegation at a Toledo/Lucas County Day in Columbus in March - which will also include Toledo Police Officers and Toledo Fire Fighters.

Governor Bob Taft announced a budget plan that includes an irresponsible tax giveaway to the wealthiest Ohioans (22% across the board) while cutting aid to cities and counties 20%, and aid to public libraries 5%, and will force the University of Toledo to hike tuition 9%. Contact the Governor, Speaker of the House and Senate President to register disapproval.

My younger brother, Matt, called this abandonment of local communities a sucker punch to taxpayers.

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