City Council Approves 2011 Budget

By Maureen Mespell
By John W. Davis

October 26, 2010 Updated Jan 25, 2011 at 9:42 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) – Fort Wayne City Council unanimously approved the 2011 budget Tuesday night.

However, council added $3.1 million dollars in cuts, knocking the mayor's $180M budget down to $177M.

Council considered 25 cuts.

Six of those cuts were passed:

City Council cut 1% wage increases for elected officials, Mayor Tom Henry, and City Clerk Sandra Kennedy. This will save the City of Fort Wayne $4,649.

Also cutting the 311 call center manager saves the City of Fort Wayne $76,444.

Cutting one legislative and business liaison position from Mayor Tom Henry's office saves $67,652.

Council's travel budget was cut by $2,500.

Redevelopment legal services were cut by $5,000.

Meanwhile, $2,945,160 was cut from hydrant rental, which is essentially a fire protection fee, to maintain fire hydrants.

That cut was sponsored by Mitch Harper and approved 5 to 4.

Council members also voted to pass the 1% pay raise for non-union city employees and continue funding the Public Safety Academy.

Council President Marty Bender returned for Tuesday's meeting.

Bender presided over the meeting and participated in every 2011 budget decision.

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