Fort Wayne City Council dissected the proposed 2019 budget before passing it Tuesday night.
Mayor Tom Henry laid out the budget in September. At that point in the process, the property tax supported budget added up to $173-million.
On Tuesday, council cut about $754-thousand from that budget, coming from 11 departments. They then passed it with a 6-3 vote.
Mayor Tom Henry responded to the passage in a statement.
“Tonight’s passage of the City of Fort Wayne budget for 2019 provides us an opportunity to look ahead with optimism as we continue to experience momentum and excitement in our community.
The 2019 budget reflects the needs and expectations of our residents, neighborhoods and businesses with an ongoing commitment to investing in neighborhood infrastructure improvements, public safety and parks. The 2019 budget is designed to meet the short-term and long-term goals of our City. By working together, we’re positioned for success now and in the future as a point of destination for job growth, new economic development opportunities, strong and thriving neighborhoods and a revitalized downtown.”
Republican Councilman Russ Jehl withdrew several proposed cuts during the discussion, but ended up voting against the budget’s passage.