Ohio mayor: seized drug money could fund pools

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TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- Toledo's mayor says seized drug money and revenue from property seized from other criminal activities might keep the northwestern Ohio city's public pools open this summer.

City council members criticized officials in Mayor D. Michael Collins' administration after learning the proposed 2014 city budget provides no funding for pools.

Collins told The (Toledo) Blade (http://bit.ly/P8rEdf ) that he will review the law enforcement trust fund that contains money from police seizures of property from criminal activities. But he said he needs to determine how much money is available.

The 2013 budget included more than $230,000 for six pools and a splash pad operated by the city.

A city spokeswoman says the law enforcement trust fund typically generates $200,000 to $250,000 a year. She is reviewing permissible uses for the money.

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