Joe Kidd, city council candidate, wants to end Toledo trash fee

Toledo City Council candidate Joe Kidd yesterday advocated canning the $5.50 a month trash fee, saying the city could trim fat from its budget to replace the $2.9 million the fee will raise this year.

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...with this:

"Mr. Kidd acknowledged that he had not read through the budget line-by-line in order to provide specific recommendations, but if elected he said he would examine the budget thoroughly."

The budget is available on numerous websites (Ed Cichy's, Toledo Talk, the City of Toledo) and I don't think there's any excuse for any candidate to talk about ways to 'reduce spending' without having looked at the line-by-line and then coming up with some things that they'd eliminate. The mayor and council budgets alone offer plenty of ideas.

From my blog post at the time:

"Some other things that can be done? Council can pay their own parking, eliminating the $5,000 cost for parking expenses separate from their parking garage costs. They can also eliminate the $13,000 auto allowance...use your own cars and claim a deduction on your income tax instead of charging the public for travel or having us pay for a vehicle for you to use.

The Mayor can eliminate some of the publications he's getting...his budget went from around $700 to over $2,000. He could also use email instead of sending formal letters and reduce his postage costs. And why he needs $18,000 in outside printing when that line item hasn't been over $8,000 in several years is beyond me. I guess that he's using our tax dollars for publicity purposes while saying there's nowhere else to cut the budget.

He can also take a lesson from Gov. Strickland and reduce his 'food' budget which is currently around $6,000. Miscellaneous supplies is the line item where you can hide a bunch of's at $6,600 but hasn't been over $2,000 for several years. Or the $10,000 for marketing, $13,000 for travel, $1,000 for parking (not the government center garage), $5,600 for vehicle rental, $18,000 for advertising (separate from the already mentioned marketing), $30,000 for interns (let them earn credit instead of paying them), $18,000 for temps, $21,000 for misc. charges and services ... the list goes on."

Is it too much to ask that our candidates have done SOME homework before holding press conferences?

I don't think Mr. Kidd is too up on his research skills on other things either.

I wonder if he ever does publish his book will he have all proceeds donated to the portion of the city budget that the trash fee's cover?




The press conferences are emotionally based comments that lack substance.

hear the name Joe Kidd, the Clint Eastwood western of the same name pops into my head LOL Too bad he couldn't work the poster from that movie into his campaign.



"They keep talking about drafting a constitution for Iraq.Why don't we give them ours? It was written by a lot of really smart guys, and we're not using it any more".


'I used to have compassion, but they taxed it and legislated it out of existence.'

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