UP: Findlay Mayor Christina Muryn has taken to the city streets and gone to school to encourage exercise and conversation. We like the combination. Muryn says the “Move with the Mayor, Step it up Challenge” is meant to spread the message of the health benefits of walking. Of course, those who can keep up with the mayor get a chance to ask questions about city issues and concerns. Several walks have already taken place downtown, and last week Muryn paid a visit to Glenwood Middle School where she hung out with students. Elected officials need to be accessible. The mayor should keep walking and talking!

UP: Almost a year ago, Findlay Fire Chief Josh Eberle began pitching an idea of building a fire training facility at Findlay’s east-side fire station. One thought was the city could do certain training in-house instead of going to Lima or Rossford. Another was to offer use of the training facility to all villages and townships, many of which are served by volunteers. That would also be a money-saver. Eberle made the right move by talking publicly about it to guage if there was enough interest and support. The proposal is moving forward with the county commissioners’ support and with both private and public funding. It was a good idea last year, and is still a good idea. With the public’s blessing, it should happen.

UP: There is something very unusual on the Findlay ballot in the November election: there are not one, but two Democrats on the ballot, one each in the mayor’s race and the council-at-large race. In the mayor’s contest, Republican Christina Muryn will face Democrat Chad Benschoter. In the at-large race, incumbents Grant Russel, Tom Shindledecker, and Jeff Wobser, all Republicans, will be challenged by Abby Hefflinger, a Democrat. Neither Benschoter nor Hefflinger had opponents in the primary so their campaigns have been relatively quiet — until now. The public will get a chance to learn more about all six candidates at separate forums at the Ritz Auditorium at the University of Findlay. The at-large forum will be held at 5 p.m. Oct. 2, and a forum for mayor will be held at 5 p.m. Oct. 9. The public is invited to each.

DOWN: We’re glad the next Findlay City Schools budget has been approved, but we’re disappointed there was not more public discussion about it, especially considering another $3 million general fund deficit is being predicted. By a vote of 3-0, with two members absent, the board passed a budget with revenue estimated at $61.7 million, and spending at $64.7 million for fiscal year 2020 budget. The district has OK’d deficit budgets the past three years, but discussed the matter more thoroughly before taking each of those previous votes. This time, taxpayers apparently will have to trust the treasurer and school board are OK with the general fund’s bottom line. Treasurer Mike Barnhart said he anticipates that overall district funding ($94.4 million) will allow a carryover balance of about $5 million at the end of fiscal year 2020. We hope that prediction is right.

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