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      Toledo continues budget crisis talks with residents

      Toledo residents discuss the budget with Mayor Mike Bell at a Thursday, March 11, 2010 public meeting.

      As the city of Toledo works to fill a $48 million budget shortfall, leaders continue to hear residents' opinions.

      A district budget meeting will be held Monday night for Toledo residents to speak out on the budget crisis facing the city.

      Included in Toledo Mayor Mike Bell's balanced budget proposal are recommendations for approximately $10 million in expenditure reductions, a sport and event tax, a refuse fee for residents, and the elimination of income tax credit for those residents who work outside city limits.

      Toledo City Council has until March 31 to approve a balanced budget proposed by Mayor Bell earlier this month. The proposal includes 125 layoff notices that have already been sent to Toledo Police officers, but have since been postponed indefinitely amidst talks of union concessions. The Toledo Police Patrolman's Association rejected a contract late last week that would have saved the proposed cuts amidst concessions by the union. The city may re-issue lay off notices as early as Monday.

      Monday's budget meeting will be held at the Whitmer High School cafeteria from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.