Troy Neff Show: 1.1 M and ‘The Passion of the Christ’

Betty Shultz is upset about not knowing the uncashed-check fund existed. Betty said that she preached for 14 years about council knowing where the money is and has now asked for a list. Tom Waniewski supports Betty in finding more of these funds.

What do you think they should do with the 1.1M?

Included in the Tom Waniewski interview, Troy’s asks questions from bloggers about the city of Toledo sponsoring free viewing of ‘The Passion of the Christ’

Get caught up with the [blade] 1.1 M

Glass City Jungle Post: City of Toledo sponsoring free viewing of ‘The Passion of the Christ’

Betty Shultz: 1.1 M
Betty Shultz

Tom Waniewski: ‘The Passion of the Christ’, Rant and Rave on FOX, 1.1M
Tom Waniewski

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I think they should purchase your time slot.

That's easy: Don't spend it. It's not ours and the vendors (or their creditors) might request the money they are rightfully owed.

There's a good reason why Betty Shultz and the rest of the council knew nothing of this fund. The $1.1M is a liability, not an asset. This means the city doesn't have $1.1M to spend, they have $1.1M that hasn't been distributed yet. It's disconcerting that the people putting the budget together fail to grasp such simple accounting principles.

Put it into an FDIC-backed account and use the interest, but for the love of all that is holy, the worst thing we could do is spend the money. If the rightful owners come looking for the money, the city will need to cut $1.1M from a future budget.

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"Show me a man who lives alone and has a perpetually dirty kitchen, and
five times out of nine I'll show you an exceptional man." -Charles
Bukowski

There's a city full of walls you can post complaints at

Monorail!

It worked for Shelbyville

It put Brockway, Ogdenville, and North Haverbrook on the map, not Shelbyville.

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"Show me a man who lives alone and has a perpetually dirty kitchen, and
five times out of nine I'll show you an exceptional man." -Charles
Bukowski

There's a city full of walls you can post complaints at

You're right HB, my apologies...lol

I caught a bit of Maggie Thurber's WSPD show today & she discussed this money 'find' in depth. She said this money is 'unclaimed funds' and after they are 'unclaimed' after five years, the money is supposed to be automatically reverted to general city funds (or something like that). She said this is what all other cities do and Toledo should also have been doing - and the problem is not the unclaimed funds they 'found', but rather, why didn't the city financial manager know these unclaimed funds would automatically be there, to some degree - and he should automatically have known that after they are unclaimed after five years, the monies are converted to city funds. She said it was incompetence of the financial manager to not know this. So the unclaimed funds themselves are not the problem (they could be of many different amounts, for many different reasons, etc.). One of her main complaints, was if there is this much in unclaimed funds this year, how much of that was available last year - before the garbage tax, tax levies to save fire & policemen? She also was disturbed about the timing of the find (although she did say there didn't seem to be anything corrupt about this find) - That they "find" this money, and city govt. offices are closed on Good Friday & all weekend - and council plans to vote on the budget on Tuesday. Maggie told everybody to call city govt on Monday & ask when the next public meeting is. The point being, not even the Blade can get a copy of the budget until Monday - the budget they are voting on Tuesday.

Maggie - chime in here anytime to explain this better please.

Also - a 'free' viewing ot "The Passion Of Christ"? Maggie also said that nothing the govt. does for 'free' is EVER free - it is YOUR tax dollars paying for it. And why would city (or any) govt. be interested in showing this film? No doubt, it's a good film - but govt & religion are separate enties & should remain so.

I need proof. There's nothing but rhetoric to say Tom Waniewski was spending our tax dollars. He came up with the idea while on a city funded meeting for mall security, but outside of that you need to provide proof, or Maggie does, before you go after him for it.

It wasn't sanctioned by the city, however, that is how National Amusements advertised it. It was, reportedly, a way to avert crime at the mall during the holiday weekend. Law enforcement sometimes set the amount of presence needed at the mall by which movies are showing. Tom did it more as a community event, but I do agree, government and religion should be separate entities. However, what Tom has done with this pales in comparison to what some politicians have done across the country in blurring the lines between religion and government.

The State of Ohio has an unclaimed funds account for dormant bank accounts, insurance policies, uncashed checks and the like. Does Toledo have a similar system in place to allow these vendors a fair shot at claiming what is owed to them and if not, shouldn't they?

It can"t be "business friendly" for the city to have an incentive to misdirect payments for services rendered.

I think maggie said that letters were mailed out to people telling them of unclaimed funds, or checks mailed out & simply never cashed - or returned for wrong addresses, etc. She said that people move away, disappear, and these funds just go 'unclaimed'. I can believe that. She said every city & state has unclaimed funds to deal with, & typically, the city finance mgr. knows they are there & can be diverted after 5 years of being unclaimed. She said they should be an automatic 'given' of city finances - it isn't the funds themselves that's at issue here - it is that why didn't the finance mgr. know about this in the first place? And why wont Toledoan's have a fair amount of time to see & condider the budget before it goes to vote on Tuesday (because of a three day week-end, city govt offices are closed until Monday).

The press release stated:

National Amusements Partners with City of Toledo for Free Holiday Showing of Passion of Christ

TOLEDO, Ohio ­ March 12, 2008­ National Amusements, Inc., in partnership with the City of Toledo, announced today a free holiday showing of The Passion of the Christ, directed by Mel Gibson. The special showing will run on Friday, March 21st, Saturday, March 22nd, and Sunday March 23rd, 2008 at 4:00 PM and 6:45 PM daily at Franklin Park 16: Cinema de Lux. Admission is free but is on a first come first served basis to auditorium capacity so patrons are encouraged to arrive early. (This film has been rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America, patrons under 17 must be accompanied by a parent or an adult guardian.)

“National Amusements is pleased to partner with the City of Toledo to bring this thought provoking film to the Toledo community,” said Wanda Whitson, company spokesperson. “We applaud District Councilman Tom Waniewski for suggesting this special film offering. It is always a pleasure to work with
and serve the Toledo Community.”

“This gesture by National Amusements goes above and beyond their commitment to our community, and for that I’m grateful,” Waniewski said. “I urge everyone to come to Franklin Park 16 and be moved by a powerful cinematic experience.”

This gave the impression that city tax dollars were used. Now after the attention to this, realistically because of my blogging it - it's being said no tax dollars were used. Which is fine, however it was the initial press release that caused the concerns. If it is true that National Amusements or whoever funded this movie showing did not use tax dollars that's fine, but very few of us could assume that given what was initially reported.

We don't remember days only moments...

We don't remember days only moments...

What would motivate National Amusements to provide a free lunch? They've got a monopoly in the Toledo area, thanks to the city council.

“This gesture by National Amusements goes above and beyond their commitment to our community, and for that I’m grateful,” Waniewski said. “I urge everyone to come to Franklin Park 16 and be moved by a powerful cinematic experience.”

Commitment? What commitment? If Waniewski is talking about a commitment to increase the net profit by selling more commercial time and raising ticket prices while cutting back on service, then this still doesn't make sense.

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