Toledo, Ohio

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Toledo is a city in Ohio. It is the county seat of Lucas County. Named after Toledo, Spain, it is located on the western end of Lake Erie, on the Michigan border. The 2010 census reported the population at 287, 208, allowing Toledo to maintain its place as the fourth-largest city in the state. Residents of Toledo are usually referred to as Toledoans. Toledo is known as the Glass City because of its long history of innovation in all aspects of the glass industry. Toledo had also been known as "The Auto Parts Capital of the World." Several large, Fortune 500 automotive related companies had their headquarters in Toledo. The city was founded in 1833 and re-founded in 1837 after the conclusion of the Toledo War, when it became part of Ohio.[1]

Elected Officials: Council Members and Salaries[2]

Name Title Salary
Michael Ashford Councilman, District 4 $27,498.96
Phillip Copeland Councilman At-large $27,223.96
Joe McNamara Councilman At-large $29,694.52
George Sarantou Councilman At-large $27,498.96
Wilma Brown Councilwoman, District 1, President $27,498.96
Mike Craig Councilman, District 3 $27,498.96
Michael Collins Councilman, District 2 $27,498.96
Tom Waniewski Councilman, District 5 $24, 948.96
Gerald Dendinger Clerk of Council unavailable
Lindsay Webb Councilwoman, District 6 $27,223.96
Julie Gibbons Assistant Clerk of Council unavailable
Adam Martinez Councilman, At-large unavailable
Rob Ludeman Councilman At-large unavailable
Steve Steel Councilman At-large unavailable
  • Salaries for 2009 year and the data do not include newer officials’ salaries.

Administrative Officials

Name Title
Michael Bell Mayor
Scott Wheelock City Auditor
Patrick McLean Director of Finance
Luis Santiago Chief of Fire
Peg Wallace Director Human Resources
Adam Loukx Law Director
Kattie Bond Director of Neighborhoods
Calvin Lawshe Director of Planning
Michael Navarre Chief of Police
Edward Moore Public Service Director
David Welch Public Utilities Director

Budget

  • The 2011 General Operating Fund is $547,120,112.71.[3]
  • Support for safety forces (police, fire, equipment and salaries) accounts for 65% of the General Fund budget expenditures. Approximately 3% ($12million) of the GF expenditures is for refuse collections and government services accounts for 22% of the expenditures.
  • The Government Finance Officers Association awarded the City of Toledo a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for 25 of the last 26 years.[4]

Stimulus

Toledo received $72,282,055.17 in federal stimulus funds in 7 contracts and 51 grants.[5]

Local taxes

In Toledo, 72% of the General Fund Revenue comes from income taxes, driven by population. As Toledo’s population continues to decrease, the amount of income tax collected decreases. Only 8% of the General Fund Revenue comes from property taxes; the City of Toledo receives less than 5% of the property taxes collected. Charges for services, licenses and fines total less than 10% of the GFR.[6]

City In the News

  • In September 2011, the Ohio Senate approved redistricting plan that slices Toledo into three districts.[7]
  • In September 2011, Toledo Mayor, Mike Bell, approved nearly $1million in federal grants and loans to his niece’s, Shayla Bell, development company. Shayla Bell has no prior construction or development experience when she began her company in 2010 at the age of 25. To date, her company has been awarded five contracts totaling $656,000, each approved by the Mayor.[8]
    • The Chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party asked the Ohio Ethics Commission to investigate the awards granted by the Mayor to his niece. In defense, the city’s law director pointed out that conflict of interest rules do not bar dealing with non-immediate family members and that no law was violated.[9]
  • In September 2011, attorney Anthony Calabrese III was charged with 12 counts including bribery and racketeering. Former community development director in the city of Lorain, Sanford Prudoff was charged in conjunction with 5 counts including conspiracy and tax fraud. He was allegedly paid for steering contracts. More than 40 Ohio officials pleaded guilty in the federal investigation.[10]

City's responses to open records requests

July 2008

  • Councilman D. Michael Collins has asked for, but not received, the profit and loss statements of the Erie Street Market.[11]

Website evaluation

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Transparency grading process

The good

  • Council meetings and agendas are published. Additionally, meetings are available for viewing online.[12]
  • Council calendar and agendas are published.[13]
  • Elected Councilmembers information is published, including contact phone numbers and email addresses.[14]
  • Administrative officials are published, including contact number and email.[15]
  • Audits and Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports are available, however, the 2010 CAFR is unavailable.[16]
  • Budget information is available, although only in spreadsheet format.[17]
  • Permits and licensing information is available.[18]
  • Active bids, online bid submittal and bid tab results are published.[19]
  • Contracts awarded are archived and published.[20]
  • Public records policy is posted, however, a link to request records is unavailable.[21]
  • Website is simple and easy to navigate. The “Residents” dropdown menu is especially helpful.

The bad

  • No lobbying information posted.
  • Cannot request public records online.

External links

References

  1. Toledo facts
  2. Salaries
  3. Operating fund
  4. Finance Awards
  5. Federal stimulus funds
  6. Taxes and revenue
  7. Ohio redistricting splits Toledo in three
  8. Mayor approves contracts for niece’s firm
  9. ODP calls for ethics investigation in Mayor’s contracts to niece
  10. Feds indict two more in Ohio corruption scandal
  11. The city administration is living in a glass open records house
  12. City Council Meetings and minutes
  13. Calendar and agenda
  14. Council members
  15. Administrative officials
  16. Audit and CAFR
  17. Budget
  18. Permits and licensing
  19. Bid information
  20. Contracts
  21. Records Policy.pdf Public records policy