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Published: Friday, 2/22/2002

Ford's vision for Toledo

Here are some of the highlights of Mayor Ford's State of the City speech:

BUDGET

  • "Poorly scripted" downtown residential deals contributed to a $16 million deficit.

  • City departments to be restructured to save money; no specific cuts cited.

  • No layoffs of police or firefighters. New class promised.

    SAFETY

  • Zero tolerance of litter, abandoned property, graffiti, and broken streetlights.

  • Police substation for East Toledo.

  • Revitalize Toledo Block Watch program.

  • Aggressive pursuit of criminals, repeat offenders.

  • Reimbursement from U.S. Department of Homeland Security for terrorism-related costs.

    INFRASTRUCTURE

  • New program to track repairs needed in alleys, curbs, and sidewalks.

  • Renewed commitment to basic services.

  • Promote affordable neighborhood housing by partnering with community development corporations.

  • Offer incentives to small and medium-sized businesses to locate in Toledo.

  • Creation of a multimillion-dollar venture capital fund to attract technology industries.

  • Convene a technology summit in April.

  • Visit 500 businesses a year to determine needs.

    EDUCATION

  • Ask citizens to tutor children a half-hour weekly.

  • Call for unidentified "major reforms" by Toledo Public Schools.

  • Endorse a November school levy to provide a 23-percent match of $600 million state aid for school construction.

    YOUTH PROGRAMS

  • Loans to help youths start their own businesses.

  • 3:30-6:30 p.m. "Mayor's Time" during which children can safely enjoy reading, recreation, and remediation.

    HEALTH CARE

  • Work with ProMedica and Mercy Health Systems to meet needs of 44,000 city residents without health care.

  • Promote fitness by joining children for weekly walk in a Toledo park.

    MARINA DISTRICT

  • Emphasize support for $175 million arena, marina, and commercial complex on east side of Maumee River.



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