"To create and maintain unparalleled recreational, art and culture opportunities and unique, high quality parks, and public spaces enhancing our community, with exceptional customer service. The mission and priorities of the Toledo Joint Recreation District mirror that of the Parks and Recreation Vision Master Plan commissioned by Mayor Michael Bell in 2013. The aim of the Toledo Joint Recreation District is to implement the recommendations of the City of Toledo Parks and Recreation Vision Master Plan." - Jan Scotland
LIST OF ISSUES
WE MUST SUPPORT OUR POLICE
One of the fundamental functions of any government is to provide for the safety of its citizens. We have seen too many other cities cut police funding experience a sharp increase in crime, including people killing each other. Creating a better police force does not mean defunding the police. It means worker together to ensure that the police do their job properly, while at the same time protecting lives and property.
WE MUST INCREASE OUR EFFORTS TO STOP OPIOD ABUSE
These cheap, highly addictive and lethal drugs are robbing the users of a full and productive life. These people are our family, our friends and our neighbors. As Mayor, I will work everyday to ensure that the Scotland Administration is focused on finding the sellers, arresting and prosecuting them with the intention that they serve the maximum sentences allowed by law.
WE MUST FINALLY UNLEASH THE POTENTIAL OF OUR ECONOMY
As blessed as we are with unique natural resources such as Lake Erie as well as a tremendous transportation infrastructure, Toledo by all rights ought to be one of the great thriving regional economies in the world. But we are not. We see continuing population decline as businesses continue to bypass the City Of Toledo and people leave to find opportunities elsewhere. As Mayor, I will work to reduce the barriers that have been built through the decades to deter businesses, both large and small, from locating here and bringing with them jobs.
WE MUST END THE BUDGET SHELL GAME
12 years ago, Carty Finkbeiner left office with a gaping $48M deficit. In order to meet state regulation of having a balanced budget, the city passed legislation allowing money from the Capital Improvement Fund to be used in the regular Operating Budget. The stated intention of this measure was that it was to be temporary and used until the city would rebalance the Operating Budget. The legislation is still in effect and it must stop and stop now. As Mayor, I will lead the administration and work with City Council to rethink how we are spending your hard earned dollars that you pay in taxes and do it now.