Last month several members of Council met at the Birmingham Branch Library to discuss priorities for the 2008 City of Toledo Operating Budget. One of the ideas to emerge from that session was for City Council to pass legislation prohibiting the Mayor and the Director of Public Service from re-establishing the "refuse collection fee" without a specific authorizing ordinance approved by Toledo City Council.
There are over 200 various taxes, fees, assessments and other charges that the City of Toledo levies - nearly all of which require specific Council action.
In a 9-3 vote on Feb. 26, 2008, Council in fact gave its approval to legislation requiring the Finkbeiner Administration to seek 7 votes to continue the garbage tax after April 2008.
Council members voting to give Mayor Finkbeiner sole authority to impose the $4.8 million garbage tax were Sarantou, Shultz and Sobczak.