Saturday, April 01, 2006

2006 Budget

Alot to catch up on...voted against the budget today in short, because it's a budget that makes us less competitive as a community, increases assessments on property tax bills, and cuts law enforcement too deeply (the fund we use to purchase new police cars goes down from $744,000 to $344,000. My amendment would have added another $150,000, as well as reduced by $200,000 the $500,000 cut to the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, who's budget is only about $3 million to begin with and provides instant background checks for law enforcement and judges, among other essential public safety services.)

I'd have also cut back on new, non-police & fire positions and added $400,000 dollars to a jobs & economic development incentive fund and added money to purchase a new fire truck. My amendment would also have ended the $150,000 operating subsidy to the Erie St. Market. The two private enterprises are doing well at ESM - the government managed retail has underperformed, to say the least.

The killer was the increase in assessments. Its complicated, but essentially I'd have frozen '06 at the 2005 level (about $24 million) - instead, it goes up to about $28 million in 2006. The '06 increases will show up on property tax bills in 2008. I also introduced a resolution asking the Administration to begin working with the Board of Elections on establishing an election for voters to approve or disapprove any increases in assessments on their property tax bills. With the Republican majority controlling Toledo City Council finally, you'd have thought they'd join some of us Democrats in saying enough is enough to increasing tax bills.


Blogger Lisa Renee said...

I don't understand the cut to the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, I realize it was reported they have about a $300,000 cushion in funding but why did some on City Council, like George Sarantou publicly say there would be no layoffs when that is not what those who are actually on the CJCC stated?

It seemed to directly contradict what was reported. Mike Navarre said the cut could force layoffs and likely would reduce services to the city.

I realize the Mayor believes some of CJCC could be done by the city and the county but there is a contract with NORIS isn't there? Other communities that are involved in this, Maumee as one example have already voted to provide their share of funding for the year to NORIS. Is that going to cause a problem?

There isn't alot of information out there on this, the link on the County website goes directly to NORIS.

11:03 PM  
Blogger liberal_dem said...

Thanks, Frank, for being a solid voice for the citizens of Toledo rather than a namby-pamby who calls Carty [Sobczak] and asks how he should vote.

10:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Solid voice.
I havent heard him say anything solid since he got in there.
The guy is all trouble, out an out.

4:23 PM  
Blogger Frank said...

Fact is, the county sheriff, prosecutor and a bi-partisan panel of judges signed a memo objecting to the 11th hour whack to CJCC. Sobczak did in fact lobby Council hard to support Carty's cut.

The organization has but a $3 million budget to begin with, and council just voted another $500,000 cut after a $300,000 (or so) cut last year. Betty Shultz has had a long standing desire to eliminate NORIS - and have it all under the City's control. That arguement is another post.

10:53 PM  
Blogger Lisa Renee said...

Okay, I look forward to that post.


9:26 AM  
Blogger -Sepp said...

"they'd join some of us Democrats in saying enough is enough to increasing tax bills."
Oh really? Frank, didn't YOU support Ford's $5 a month garbage tax?

3:04 AM  
Blogger Frank said...

welcome back sepp...glad you asked....NO! I didn't. I led the charge against it. Besides, it was proposed by one of my colleagues if you remember...

7:38 AM  
Blogger Mrs. Phoenix said...

Frank, what is your take on this afternoon's (Monday, April 24th) CDBG recommendations?

12:55 PM  
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