Mayor Mike Bell characterized it as a “conservative” budget. But finance director Patrick McClean was more blunt, blaming former mayor Carty Finkbeiner for what he called “an act of gross budgetary negligence” in approving generous union contracts in 2009 during a poor economy.
“It’s time to suck it up and pay our bills and be done with it, so we can start fresh in 2012,” McClean said.
Toledo mayor Mike Bell wants the city to get out of the trash business. Turning trash collection operations over to the county is part of the mayor’s plan to balance the 2011 budget.
The mayor’s entire proposal closes the nearly $15-million budget gap mostly by shifting money from other city funds to the general fund.
“This (County taking over trash) could be a very exciting opportunity,” said Toledo City Council’s George Sarantou. “I think if you have a countywide program and if we can get other jurisdictions… there could be cost savings.”
The mayor is also counting on the sale of $4.85 million in city assests he says are already in the works. In March, Bell pledged to sell $5 million in property owned by the city; however, only $1.4 million has been sold to date.