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      City "not close at all" to balancing 2010 budget

      The City of Toledo held the fifth of six scheduled budget meetings with residents Thursday, just hours after the city's police union rejected concessions that would have helped close the city's $48 million budget gap.

      Over 20 residents met with city officials at the Old West End Academy. One resident asked Toledo Mayor Mike Bell how close the city was to patching up the $48 million deficit. Mayor Bell responded not close at all.

      Toledo resident Robbie Tucker came to discuss the cities proposed solutions to the deficit. Tucker said she realized just how far cuts may have to go he TMs being realistic. He TMs being honest and after sitting here he TMs exactly right, we TMre not close at all.

      Councilman Michael Ashford facilitated Thursday night TMs meeting. You TMre trying to find every large piece of money you can, it TMs not 4.8 million its 48 million.

      Shortly before the budget meeting the Toledo Police Patrolman TMs Associated voted against a concessions deal. What I TMm going to do is take a few days to think about it so we don TMt do anything knee jerk and reaction, said Bell. So we TMre strategic in where we have to go from our standpoint of our next move and what we have to do.

      The final meeting will be held Monday, March 29 at 6:00 p.m. at Whitmer High School.