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Toledo City Council passes budget

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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Toledo City Council voted to pass a budget for the coming fiscal year in a meeting Monday afternoon.

The deadline to pass a budget was midnight on Monday. The budget passed in a 10 to 1 vote.

Issues facing council included $16 million in cuts from the state, funding for homeless shelters and city pools. There were also some unexpected costs, such as a sudden increase in rent at One Government Center.

There was some disagreement about whether or now the city had a $418,000 surplus. Mayor Collins says that surplus never existed, and that the money had to be spent on a jail feasibility study, debt service and that rent increase.

Council will now use general fund money to open four city pools and a "splash pad." There had been some discussion that the Police Athletic League would be able to pay to open the pools this year.

Neither of the pools in north Toledo will open. That did not rest well with council's president.

"I am not pleased because we have two pools. I'm taking off my president hat, putting on my district hat. There are two pools in my district that will not be opened, and for the citizens and the people who live in those neighborhoods, it's a blow. It's a major blow," said Toledo City Council President Paula Hicks-Hudson.

Hicks-Hudson says she is concerned that without pools to cool off, kids might try to open fire hydrants. She says that creates a serious safety concern.

Mayor D. Michael Collins said on Monday he was happy his administration and council could work together to pass his first budget as mayor.

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