Independent candidate Mike Collins filed his petitions on
Monday at the Lucas County Board of Elections for his second run for mayor of
Collins says he wants to be an agent for change,
including the city income tax. Collins wants to ask voters to approve lowering
it to 2.2 percent, but make it all permanent. Currently, only 1.5 percent is
permanent, 0.75 percent is a temporary tax.
"When we go for bonds and we go for our financial
hearings with Standard and Poor's and Moody's, we're looked upon as a city with
a 1.5 percent income tax and a 0.75 percent temporary tax, or soft money," Collins
If elected, he says he'll reopen the West Toledo District
Police Station, and commit to hiring 40 new police officers per year.
"When we hire a police officer, the salary for that
police officer is 25 percent less than those that are exiting," he said.
The Collins platform includes cutting the mayor's staff
by 30 percent, and trimming all city executive positions by 20 percent.
"Absolutely top heavy," Collins said. "We need to realign
our government. We need to take away the redundancy and we have to look at our
span of control."
Collins refers to ‘span of control' as the ratio between
supervisors and the workers under their direct supervision.
Collins says he also wants to reduce water bills for seniors by 40 percent. His
first goal is finishing top two in the September primary election to get his
name on the November ballot.