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November 2013: Bell vs. Collins

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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

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.  

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