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Lucas Co. Commissioners pull jail levy

Lucas County Commissioners gather at special meeting at One Government Center. (WNWO/Marcus Espinoza)

The Lucas County Commissioners office has pulled the criminal justice levy that was set to be on this November's ballot.

This comes after word leaked about a new site proposal, the Toledo Police Impound lot.

Commissioner Gerken calling the decision "Bad policy we believe, bad government, poor decision making on the Hicks-Hudson administration,"

The commissioners offered to assume the debt on the impound lot and pay to relocate it, plus make improvements to roads and sidewalks in the area.

Gerken also says the mayors office wanted $3 million in cash for the impound lot and when the jail is demolished the city wanted the tunnel for inmates left alone.

The mayors office is also requesting that Lucas County drop its appeal of a decision in 2016 that stated the city of Toledo does not have to pay for the cost of jailing suspects arrested by Toledo Police.

In return the city says it's willing to pay the county $15 million over the next 5 years for criminal justice costs.

Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson saying regardless of where each party stands, this is not how negations should be handled.

"The response was rather than to come back with a counter proposal they have a public meeting, read a letter they have not shared with me and say it's the city's fault," said Mayor Hicks-Hudson.


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