Stimulus checks won't create big spenders; Toledo-area taxpayers cite need to pay bills

If the federal government hoped that hundreds of dollars in tax rebates will nurse the ailing economy back to health, there may be a problem.

Several area residents said yesterday - the first day that economic stimulus checks were to begin showing up in American's bank accounts - that they likely wouldn't use the money to make new purchases.

Instead, some said, they would use the money to pay bills or plan to save it. Some expected to spend the money, but on practical items.

"It'll be used to pay bills. Really, it's window dressing," said Dennis Laney of Perrysburg, who with his wife expects to get $900 from the government. "I doubt that it's going to do much for the economy."

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