TOLEDO, Ohio, September 5th, 2017—Throughout the 2017 Toledo mayoral campaign, my opponent, Wade Kapszukiewicz has repeatedly tried to bruise my reputation by implying that I had something to do with the current mayor’s financial reporting problems, specifically the mishandling of $8.2 million. This has come as no surprise, he is simply reverting to the tricks of a career politician who is trying to buy this election through misleading political advertising funded by his deep pocketed donors. Unfortunately, it is just another example of business as usual in Toledo.
Today, I am releasing an email I sent to the mayor and several of my city council colleagues on March 1, 2017, (two weeks before the 2017 city budget was passed) pointing out what I had been reporting for months: the debt service fund (Fund 4030) had additional assets that were redundant to Fund 5040 (aka Westfield TIF). When I proposed using these funds for my amendments, the current mayor said it couldn't be done. Council (in a one-party system) chose to support her and not pass my amendments. Three months later, the mayor announced that money had been found. The Blade’s May 31st headline reads: “Toledo mayor finds extra $4M for capital projects this year”. I am sure the mayor’s campaign staff initially thought this “found” money was going to be a bonus for their fall election campaign. However, as we all know, it didn’t quite work out that way. The fact that Wade Kapszukiewicz has tried to use this story to tarnish my reputation and discredit my proposals for rethinking, rebuilding, and restoring our great city is unacceptable.
Daniel Patrick Moynihan said it best, ““Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.” I've always told people I'm THE fiscal watchdog on council, and after watching the Kapszukiewicz television ad, I feel I need to stand up against the picture that he is trying paint by associating me with Paula Hicks-Hudson, the mayor that he endorsed! When it’s all said and done, I believe what happened with the city finances is not so much a matter of incompetence in finance, but accomplices in a one-party system. With that said, I am demanding that the Kapszukiewicz campaign remove the advertising they are running that associates me with the current administration’s problems. Its dishonest, repugnant and more of the same ol’ same ol’ that this city needs to put behind us.
About Tom Waniewski:
Tom Waniewski is committed to cleaning up and leading City Hall with a focus on results—putting city government on a sound fiscal path while providing the citizens and businesses of Toledo with high levels of service.
Tom's policy positions and solutions can be found in greater depth on his website. Please visit www.tomfortoledo.com for more info.