FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): It took four hours, but the Fort Wayne City Council approved the 2019 City Budget last night on a 6-3 vote.
Mayor Tom Henry’s proposed $173-million spending package was cut by almost $754,000 by the end of the night, according to the Journal Gazette. Those cuts were made across a number of city departments, and were far below the projected $5.3-million in cuts some Council members were talking about making.
Councilman Russ Jehl, who had declared he would vote against the budget if it didn’t include more spending on road improvements, kept his word and voted against the package, although he also retracted most of the 25 cuts he proposed.
One cut that didn’t get approved was a proposal from Councilman Dr. John Crawford to cut the city’s contribution to Greater Fort Wayne Inc. in half to $125,000. Crawford told the Journal Gazette he wanted to hold onto that money until a clause prohibiting the economic development organization from engaging in political activity was added to its contract with the city.
Mayor Tom Henry applauded the Council’s work:
We have a link to the full City Budget here.