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Toledo Mayor Mike Bell and Councilman Mike Collins have
cleared the primary, and are gearing up for their showdown in the November
election for mayor.
Bell says the one question he wants Toledo voters to ask
is, "Is the city better off now compared to four years ago?"
"There are a lot of other cities that cannot do what
we're doing," he said. "I think we've done what they've asked us to do without
raising their taxes. The bottom line is, when you see revenues growing in your
city coffers, you know you're doing your job."
Collins, who was considered a long-shot when he ran for
the District 2 council seat as well as now, says what's taken him this far is
having hard-working, positive people in his corner.
"We had a strategy right from the beginning," he said. "We
knew we would have no money. We knew we would have no paid staff."
Collins says if elected, there would be some changes in
public safety operations, including having more police officers on the street.
"What makes a community safe is officers who are
entrusted in geographical areas of the city and they take responsibility for
those areas," he said. "I call it beat integrity. Cameras will not take the
place of men and women in uniform on the street."
Bell says under his watch, cops and firefighters have
stayed on the job while the budget was balanced, and high-tech initiatives have
helped to reduce crime.
"Mike Collins' initiatives haven't done anything for us,"
Bell said. "Mike Collins even opposed the police chief that other chiefs are
now coming to Toledo to look at how he's doing it."
Bell also says Collins' plan to reduce the city income
tax rate and hire more cops and firefighters is unrealistic.