The city of Findlay is facing financial problems because of lower revenues and increased costs. To make matters worse, the city's quarter percent income tax is set to expire at the end of the year. Findlay officials gathered Tuesday night to discuss the city's options.
With less city employees than years past, Mayor Mihalik is facing a problem. Even with fewer employees, each worker is costing the city an additional $17,000 in salary and benefits compared to 2008. Mayor Mihalik is heading the budget talks, but wants to incorporate all of her administration, as she believes it is going to make it a group effort.
As Council President Pro Tempore, Randy Ward believes the problem stems from the city having a smaller budget to work with, thanks to the state efforts of Governor Kasich.
While the meeting was mainly an opportunity to toss around ideas and concerns, things became a little emotional when Councilmen Mike Slouth talked about the city's core problems.
The Mayor is in the process of planning a public meeting on the issue, to better inform the public. A meeting can be expected by mid to late July.