Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Toledo's proposed Capital Improvements Budget

Today city council has a new item from the administration on the agenda - the 2009-2013 Proposed Capital Improvements (CIP) Budget.

Since it's not been published anywhere, I thought you'd like to see how the mayor has suggested spending your tax dollars.

Here is the spreadsheet.

(Cross posted on my Eye On Toledo blog page)

2 comments:

Frank said...

Why are there funds set aside for bikeways, a water park, a replacement of the finance system (at least the total cost), and the arts?
While some may say they are needed items, it is things like this that causes the city budget to be in the red. It would nice to have a chance to address these issues and remind city leaders their need to be a bit more prudent with the money that is coming in and the responsibility they have to the citizens of Toledo.

Maggie Thurber said...

Frank - I'm not sure why funds are set aside for the bikeways and water park, but I do know why they are set aside for the arts...

It's because the city has passed a law that says that 1% goes to the arts. It's been in place for quite a long time and it has funded various art projects across the city - like the orangey-red sculpture at the corner of Michigan and Constitution...

As for the replacement of the finance system, that is the project Betty Shultz has been advocating since she became a council member so that the city can get accurate financial information and not just from a single computer that only one person knows how to use...

I believe council will have a hearing on this...

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