Mayoral Candidate Brown Calls Out Council On Fiscal Responsibility

By Scott Sarvay

Mayoral Candidate Brown Calls Out Council On Fiscal Responsibility

March 28, 2011 Updated Mar 28, 2011 at 4:09 PM EST

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - Fort Wayne Mayoral Candidate Liz Brown is calling out county council members for not, as she puts it, “being fiscally responsible”.

A couple years ago council members approved an increase in the wheel tax/surtax to pay for bridge repair.

Brown says since the council had a rainy day fund, that money should have been used first, instead of passing the cost on to taxpayers.

And although she didn't directly point the finger at her opponent Paula Hughes, it should be noted Mayoral Candidate Hughes was the County Council President when the tax increase was passed.

Hughes released the following statement regarding Brown's comments.

“My record of fiscal conservatism is clear. As a member of county council, I opposed the wheel tax because I believed taxpayers were burdened enough. Additionally, after balancing the county’s budget, turning an 8 million dollar deficit to a 22 million dollar surplus, I proposed a property tax rebate.

Fort Wayne’s fiscal problems have been caused by the wasteful spending of the Mayor and City Council. In the race for mayor, I am the only candidate with a track record of protecting taxpayers."

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