FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): Fort Wayne City Council approved cutting more than $1.8 million dollars to the city’s 2017 budget.
During Tuesday night’s meeting, the council discussed potential cuts to 39 separate line items, according to the Journal Gazette, of those 29 were approved. The cuts include the elimination of the Public Safety Director position.
Mayor Tom Henry released a statement saying the budget focuses on what residents want. For example, he said, the city will be adding 28 new police officers.
Mayor Henry’s full statement is below:
“Tonight’s passage of the 2017 City of Fort Wayne budget means a continuation of our commitment to providing needed services to residents, neighborhoods, and businesses.
The balanced budget focuses on what residents have asked us to do. We’ll be adding 28 new police officers, continuing our record investments in neighborhood infrastructure improvements, and enhancing quality of life amenities.
The budget reflects Fort Wayne’s position as a leader in economic development opportunities, job growth, and strong neighborhoods that make our community a point of destination.
We’re seeing momentum, investments, and excitement in Fort Wayne like never before. Strong leadership and placing an emphasis on moving our community forward in the right direction with fiscal discipline is resulting in thriving neighborhoods, a positive business climate, and new jobs.”