City of Toledo Budget Adjustments Forthcoming, Hiring Freeze Implemented
Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz and City Council President Matt Cherry today announced that adjustments to the city budget would be forthcoming in response to the COVID-19 crisis, including a hiring freeze that has already taken effect for all city operations.
“This is a difficult time for Toledo and the entire nation,” Mr. Cherry said. “We face a challenge unlike any other we have experienced. Like the state of Ohio, and many other jurisdictions that have already implemented hiring freezes and other cost-cutting measures, Toledo will be making some very difficult decisions related to our budget and services. As we continue to fight the spread of COVID-19, the city of Toledo is taking steps to ensure the financial impact is lessened to the greatest extent possible.”
The joint Kapszukiewicz administration - City Council budget taskforce has already met virtually on proposed adjustments to the city budget caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“There are a number of options being considered, and right now, everything is on the table,” Mayor Kapszukiewicz said. “We are looking at every fund balance and we will get through this together. I again urge everyone to follow the state’s stay at home order and to follow the health department’s guidelines for preventing the spread of this virus.”
The city’s 2020 budget must be reduced by at least $10 million, but the required annual reductions could range between $25 million to $50 million in the coming several years.
The city of Toledo has compiled a list of services affected by the pandemic, and available resources, which can be found at this link:https://toledo.oh.gov/news/update-from-the-city-of-toledo-mayor/.
For information on COVID-19, please visit www.LucasCountyHealth.com. The 24/7 Lucas County Community COVID-19 Call Line Numbers are: 419 251-4000 (English only) and 419-291-5355 (multilingual).
The public is asked to refrain from calling 911 unless it is a true emergency. Instead, call 419-213-4161, press 4, and leave a message to report COVID-19 related concerns such as non-essential businesses operating, essential businesses not adhering to guidelines, or crowds gathering.
The Ohio Department of Health website is www.Coronavirus.Ohio.Gov and the Ohio Department of Health hotline is 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).