Toledo City Council Candidate Paul Tetuan Discusses Number of Council Seats

Toledo, Ohio. Paul Tetuan, who has been a Toledo police officer since 1994, and who announced his candidacy for the 2009 Toledo City Council race in May 2008, presents his views on the size and performance of the current City Council.

“I am in support of the idea presented by Toledo City Councilwoman Lindsay Webb to reduce the number of seats on City Council. In a time of economic crisis, this will help reduce the City’s budget short-fall. Also, I believe that the current size of City Council is a detriment to solving the problems that challenge the city. Smaller government is more efficient and that is what we need at this time. It is difficult to come up with solutions to problems when so many voices are trying to be heard and so many egos think that their solution is the only viable solution. A large council tends to break apart into factions where ultimately little is accomplished. A smaller council would more efficient and effective in solving the city’s problems. A smaller council will also be more effective in working with the Mayor’s Office to solve problems.

Regardless of the number of members of City Council, it is their accomplishing the work that is of highest importance. This is why I am running for an at-large seat on City Council. Half of the council is made up of at-large members and they should be held responsible by all the citizens of Toledo for their performance Jobs continue to leave Toledo. The budget situation has continued to worsen. I realize that the city’s situation is not totally the fault of the City Council. However, they have to take their share of the blame. The citizens were told by members of council that the 3/4% tax had to be renewed so more police officers could be hired. The voters approved the renewal of the tax and yet no police officers have been hired. The at-large members of the City Council have to take their share of the responsibility for this. The voters of Toledo must hold them accountable.

In regards to the size of the City Council, I propose that the following be considered.

Establish a City Council with eight members. Instead of the current six districts, make four districts of equal size as determined by population, with one representative from each district. The other four members would be at large.

I am not opposed to a plan that calls for the at-large council members’ being ‘super-district’ members, representing one or more council districts. This would ensure that all areas of the city have equal representation on the City Council. Although I am proposing this new alignment for the City Council, I am also open to discussing other plans with fewer than 12 members of Council. Ultimately, it is up to the citizens to decide what is best for the city. A plan should be developed by the current City Council and placed on the ballot for the residents of Toledo to decide. The population of the city, as well as the tax base, has shrunk. So should the size of government.”

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I am not opposed to a plan that calls for the at-large council members’ being ‘super-district’ members, representing one or more council districts. This would ensure that all areas of the city have equal representation on the City Council.

Can anyone explain the logic here?

Doesn't one rep per district ensure that all areas of the city have equal representation?

Is this guy one of Stainbrooks village idiots? That would explain the lack of logic.

for all my bubbles earned? Should I strive to do more?

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