County Commissioner Weighs In On Improvement Board Accountability

By Scott Sarvay

November 5, 2010 Updated Nov 5, 2010 at 6:28 PM EDT

ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - An Allen County Commissioner is taking issue with Fort Wayne's newly created Capital Improvement Board.

The board oversees $80-100 million from the Supplemental Coliseum Improvement Fund. But can also use the money for other Allen County improvements.

Commissioners appoint three members, the mayor appoints three, and those six members elect a president.

Allen county Commissioner Bill Brown says, “I have long advocated that that Board ought to be made up of at least four elected officials - the Mayor, a Commissioner, and a Representative of both the City and County Council. That way we have our elected leaders out there that are a part of the decision making, and we can still take the same input, and we'd have at least three people from the private sector."

Previously, the Allen County Commissioners made those spending decisions and as Brown points out, they're elected by all the residents of Allen County.

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