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Imagine a widespread E. coli outbreak that sickens millions of Americans. By the next year, the government determines that lax oversight exacerbated the problem and calls for restructured FDA regulations to protect consumers from tainted products.

In response, the industry cries foul. “These regulations will limit our innovations,” howl the food lobbyists. “Our customers deserve greater freedom of choice.”

Or, imagine this scenario. Children’s toys contaminated with lead paint have been found on store shelves, so the Consumer Product Safety Commission responds with regulations to protect children from dangerous toys.

“No fair,” cry toy-company lobbyists. “Low-income consumers can only afford the lead toys. Why should the government punish low-income families by regulating toys?”

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Jerusalem Township trustees voted 2-0 to place a levy on the Nov. 3 ballot at a meeting on July 28 to fund sheriff’s patrols, which the township currently receives at no charge from Lucas County.

Trustees have not yet figured out the levy’s millage. They face an Aug. 20 deadline to place the levy on the November ballot.

The levy is in response to a notification by Lucas County commissioners last month that it was going to start charging nine unincorporated areas in the county, including Jerusalem Township, for sheriff’s patrols starting Jan. 1 due to budgetary constraints. That’s when commissioners plan to cut over $5 million from the sheriff’s budget.

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Mayor Marge Brown, who is seeking a third term, and her challenger, long-time Councilman Mike Seferian, sparred for about an hour in a debate before about 150 people in St. Charles-Mercy Hospital’s auditorium Wednesday evening.

The debate was sponsored by the Eastern Maumee Bay Chamber of Commerce, The Press, WRSCradio.com and Channel 13. Jeff Smith from Channel 13 served as moderator.

Brown and Seferian answered questions on a variety of issues, including economic regionalism, a new senior center, the need for a full-time fire department, how to improve drainage, how to maximize the city’s greatest assets, Lake Erie and Maumee Bay State Park, and what can be done to help existing small businesses.

On economic regionalism, Brown, who had been chairman of the executive board of The Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments (TMACOG), said sitting down and networking with area communities is important.

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The Oregon school board, disappointed by voters’ rejection of a 5.95-mill emergency levy Aug. 4, has until Aug. 20 to place another levy on the November ballot. But first, they want to analyze last Tuesday’s election results before they make any decisions, according to School Board President Jeff Ziviski.
 
“It’s disappointing the levy failed because we have a desperate need for additional revenue within the district, though we realize we are in some tough economic times no one has faced before,” said Ziviski.

Voters rejected the levy by 3,605 to 1,119, according to unofficial results released by the board of elections last week.

The board had hoped the levy would be easier to pass following millions in budget cuts it made in the last several months.

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Four full-time employees with the City of Northwood received notices that their last work day is November 6 due to the recession.

Two full-time police officers, a full-time court employee, and a full-time secretary will lose their jobs next month because of a big loss to the city in income tax revenue.

“In May, we were hanging in there, just down 6.3 percent,” said Administrator Pat Bacon. In June, we were down 8.8 percent, then 9.7 percent in July. We knew we could handle a 10 percent loss in revenue. We anticipated that. In August, it went to 12.7 percent, then in September, it was 14.8 percent. That came out of nowhere.”

Much of the loss is attributable to shutdowns of four major automotive suppliers in the city for a couple months, she said.

“We went from being down $121,000 in May to being down $484,000 in September. That’s devastating. And that was not projected. It was far worse than we thought because we have so many automotive related suppliers. And when the Jeep plant’s down, the suppliers aren’t working. Or they go from three shifts to one shift,” she said.

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Christmas spending

Are spending more, less or the same amount this year for Christmas?
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