City council approves budget, makes 28 cuts

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)  Fort Wayne City Council considered as many as 40 cuts during a meeting Tuesday night to approve the 2017 budget.

Councilmen ultimately made 28 cuts totaling $1.8 million. They considered budget cuts that included deductions in salaries in various departments like Animal Care & Control, Community Development, and the fire and police departments.

They eliminated the public safety director position. Councilman Tom Didier said that position pays $164,000 and that money could be used to put more officers on the streets. Current Public Safety Director Rusty York had already announced plans to retire in December.

Mayor Tom Henry released the following statement after the meeting:

“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.”