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Key Decisions Mark the Week Ahead

Mayor Bell, TPS Board to Decide Big Issues
Photo by: Chris Myers

A pair of big decisions coming on Tuesday are burning behind the scenes like a vacant home in the Old South End.


First, Toledo Mayor Mike Bell must cast the tie-breaking vote on the much-debated and controversial immigration resolution recently forwarded by councilmen Adam Martinez and Joe McNamara.

But there's a misnomer out there that the mayor's vote will break the tie to approve or disapprove. This instead is a procedural vote to determine which committee ends up with the resolution-- council's Parks, Recreation, and Community Relations committe headed by Steve Steel or the Public Safety and Law committee chaired by Mike Collins, who contended both the resolution and a racial profiling ordinance belonged before his committee in the first place.

Depending on the outcome, the resolution may get to a full vote by city council or die in committee. The mayor has taken two weeks to consider the relevance and importance of the issue.

Some have criticized the measure as outside the scope of Toledo's concern, when the greater community has problems of its own to overcome and solve. Others take a different view, that attempts in Ohio to pass an Arizona-esque immigration law should be met head-on with statements against it like the one council is considering and Lucas County Commissioners recently approved.

Meantime, the fate of the racial profiling legislation remains uncertain, as Steel apparently realizes he doesn't have the votes to bring it out of committee-- especially after Police Chief Mike Navarre took such a public stance in opposition.

The Toledo Public Schools board has scheduled a special meeting Tuesday evening to take the steps necessary to officially move ahead with a huge property tax levy request for the November ballot.

The 7.88 mill levy would cost the owner of a $100,000 about $240 per year, although district officials are quick to point out the actual cost is $199 when factoring in the expiraiton of another school levy.

Regardless, the board of education and superintendent face a major sales job with the rejection of May's income tax by a 2-1 margin. Promises made must be delivered before November, or a skeptical public will vote it down again. Opponents were not united in their efforts, but were boisterous enough to help the levy to a monstrous defeat.