Tom Henry's Plan to 'Buy in Bulk'

By Nicole Pence

June 18, 2010 Updated Sep 6, 2007 at 5:28 PM EDT

Thursday morning, the Democratic candidate for Fort Wayne Mayor announced a major initiative. Tom Henry says the plan will save taxpayers money if he's elected in November.

Henry says just like when you buy in bulk at the store, you save money. The mayoral candidate wants to apply the same principle to communities across the region.

Henry says the "Northeast Indiana Collaborative Purchasing Network" would bid for products and services -- like road salt and fuel -- in mass quantities, to reduce public money spent. Henry says area cities, counties, and school corporations could join in. He modeled the program off his past business experience. His opponent, Republican Matt Kelty, says he's been pushing for fiscal responsibility.

Tom Henry (D)/ mayoral candidate: " Most of our hospitals were saving 8-10% of the purchases from their budgets. That's tremendous. The city of Fort Wayne spends about 100 million dollars a year on purchasing, that includes employee insurance."

Matt Kelty (R)/mayoral candidate:" I think this is an extension of the ideas I’ve previously outlined. I won't call it consolidation but I will say we should merge more operations between city and county. "

Both candidates told Indiana’s NewsCenter that buying products in bulk and - or - streamlining governmental services like call centers, for example, would cut spending and could save taxpayer dollars.

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