New Legacy Committee Proposal Passed By City Council (VIDEO)

By Ian Hoover- 21Alive

August 27, 2014 Updated Aug 27, 2014 at 8:55 AM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) -- City Council passed Mayor Tom Henry's proposal Tuesday night that will create a new board for Legacy funding requests.

The idea was discussed at the previous week's meeting and drew concerns from Council members who felt the proposed committee was too lopsided in its representation, with the Mayor's office having more appointees. This week, council altered the proposed 7 seat committee to 9 seats to allow for equal representation from city council, the Mayor's office, and citizen members.

"I think it's better because it removes any aura of manipulation or efforts to control by anybody," says Councilman John Shoaff (D). "Nobody can be accused of that. I shouldn't even accuse them. I'm not accusing them of having one in the first place but it certainly removes that possibility."

The council will now be broken down to 3 seats for the Mayor's office, 3 seats for City Council, and 3 citizen seats. One citizen seat is selected by the Mayor, another by City Council, and another by the newly formed Committee itself.

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