Ohio & Michigan's Oldest and Largest Latino / Hispanic Newspaper

Since 1989




    media kit    ad specs    classified ad rates    about us    contact us


Mayor Bell conveys final budget of term to City Council

Toledo Mayor Michael P. Bell on Thursday, November 14, 2013 sent the final budget of his administration to Toledo City Council so they may begin consideration of the city’s 2014 revenues and operating expenses.  By city charter, a balanced budget proposal must be submitted by the Mayor to City Council no later than November 15th of each calendar year.  The Proposed 2014 Operating Budget is available online at Toledo.oh.gov/2014budget.  

The proposal as submitted to council includes $165.2 million in income tax revenue, a modest increase of approximately two percent over 2013 estimates, along with an increase in anticipated casino revenue of approximately $600,000.  The budget also anticipates reduced revenue from the photo traffic enforcement system of nearly $1 million. 

Mayor Mike Bell

General fund revenues in 2014 are also impacted by the elimination of the estate tax and ongoing phase out of local government revenue sharing from the State of Ohio.  Approximately $14.1 million would be transferred from the capital improvement fund.

City expenditures are also restrained as Toledo continues to feel the pinch on the revenue side.  A class of 30 police officers is recommended to begin in December 2014, however the majority of other vacancies are recommended to be unfunded or delayed in the general fund and internal service funds. 

While no fire class is scheduled for 2014, the city is scheduled to administer a firefighter civil service exam in May 2014 which is accounted for in the operating budget.  Reductions are expected in both police and fire overtime costs as new classes graduate from the two academies.  Fire overtime is recommended for $1.7 million and police overtime is recommended for $2.2 million.

The spending proposal reduces internal supplies and service budgets to 2012 levels across all cost centers in the general fund and the internal service funds.  Approximately $900,000 has been proposed for the Toledo Expansion Initiative and the Downtown Expansion Initiative to cover current commitments.

No further general fund expenditures have been allocated for new incentive packages in 2014.  The municipal court clerk and judges budgets have been flat funded at 2013 levels and the proposal assumes no changes in the city’s contract with Lucas County for the Lucas County jail.

“The past four years have proved to be an economic challenge for Toledo and the nation, however I am proud that we have controlled our spending and managed to get a better grasp on our budget and financial planning for the city,” said Mayor Bell.  “I’m pleased to be able to hand over a budget proposal that includes realistic revenue and expenditure recommendations for consideration by the incoming administration and city council.”

The proposed 2014 total revenue is budgeted at $657.8 million with $653.5 million in expenditures.  General fund revenues are budgeted at $244.78 million and proposed general fund expenditures total $244.76 million leaving an anticipated fund balance of approximately $20,000 at the conclusion of the 2014 fiscal year.


Copyright © 1989 to 2013 by [LaPrensa Publications Inc.]. All rights reserved.
Revised: 11/20/13 10:21:05 -0800.




Web laprensa





«Tinta con sabor»     Ink with flavor!



Spanglish Weekly/Semanal

Your reliable source for current Latino news and Hispanic events with English and Spanish articles.
Contact us at [email protected] or call (419) 870-6565



Culturas Publication, Inc. d.b.a. La Prensa Newspaper

© Copyrighted by  Culturas Publication, Inc. 2012