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2 weeks left for Toledo mayoral campaigns

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Mayoral candidates: Mayor Mike Bell and Councilman Mike Collins Mayoral candidates: Mayor Mike Bell and Councilman Mike Collins
TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

In two weeks, Toledo voters will decide if Mayor Mike Bell will get to serve four more years in office, or if Mike Collins becomes the next mayor.

A new ad by the Bell campaign highlights some ‘no votes' by Councilman Collins to oppose measures the mayor says helped move the city forward.

"We didn't do a lot of things we were doing without trying to think outside the box," Bell said. "Many times [Collins] was the advocate of putting the stick in the wheel or saying no."

One of those ‘no votes' by Collins was on the issue to have a private contractor take over trash and recycling services, and while the mayor says it was a fix, Collins says it was a bad move for the city.

"It isn't private whatsoever," Collins said. "We paid $12 million for the trucks, sold them for $8 million, paid $9.3 million for the containers, gave them away, and now we're completely responsible for accounts payable to the contractor with the county and we're giving them free tipping fees."

Collins says he's running on a platform to make city government more transparent and responsive, which includes a plan to make the entire city income tax permanent, and reduce that rate from 2.25 percent to 2.20 percent, a plan which would have to be approved by voters.

"This will give us an edge on job retention in the City of Toledo," he said.

With two weeks to go before the election, Mayor Bell is asking voters to take a close look at his record in office.

"We're fixing roads, we're adding police officers," he said. "We're doing exactly what the citizens told us to do and we didn't raise their taxes."   

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