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Toledo workers’ comp rebate to go toward public safety

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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

The City of Toledo has received a $1,578,723 workers' compensation rebate from the State of Ohio, and on Friday the Bell Administration submitted to council a detailed plan to spend that windfall.

Besides earmarking half of that money to cover police and fire overtime for this year, the plan calls for increasing the upcoming police class from 50 to 65, and the upcoming fire class from 30 to 50.

Deputy Mayor Shirley Green says boosting public safety personnel levels is a high priority, as many police officers and firefighters are preparing for retirement.

"We started in a hole in terms of staffing for the safety forces, and we've hired classes for the fire and police departments in all of the last 3 years and we want to continue to do so," she said. "The opportunity to increase both those class sizes is great."

The proposed spending breakdown is as follows: Increase police class size - $278,823, police overtime - $200,000, increase fire class - $132,310, fire overtime - $600,000, senior program supplies/services - $1,700, athletic programs supplies/services - $3,000, ice rink supplies/services - $14,000, pools supplies/services - $70,290, park maintenance supplies/services - $88,400, cemeteries supplies/services - $112,000, downtown landscaping supplies/services - $78,200.

Council will consider the request as early as Tuesday.   

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