In a unanimous 12-0 vote, the Toledo City Council approved a request by the administration of Mayor D. Michael Collins to add $3.9 million to the city's snow and ice removal budget. George Sarantou, the city's finance director, said this winter's record-snow has exhausted the city's original snow budget. "This money is really needed and we have no choice; bad weather happens from time to time," Mr. Sarantou said.
The city will borrow the $3.9 million through the issuance of bonds. The debt will be repaid by taxpayers through increases to their 2016 property tax bills."Do we like the fact that we have to go out and get bonds to pay this? No, but this is something government has to do keep the streets safe for our citizens," said City Council President Paula Hicks-Hudson.
The approved funds will be used to purchase road salt and pay the private contractors who plowed the snow on residential streets.