The balanced budget reflects Council's decision in July to increase local income taxes by 0.35 percent and preparatory work by Henry's fiscal task force. That preparation should result in a favorable reception by Council, predicted Tom Smith, R-1st. Council has the authority to cut the budget but cannot otherwise change it.
The budget will be available online at http://www.cityoffortwayne.org/smartgov/ by Friday afternoon.
Allen county Council, meanwhile, spent Thursday afternoon weighing six departments' appeal for a total of $1.28 million more than Council originally allocated in its 2014 budget. The Sheriff's Department asked for an additional $793,443, Allen Superior Court $298,536, the Juvenile Center $149,764, the Surveyor's office $29,070, Planning Services $6,521 and the Extension Office $2,470.
Council ultimately approved an additional $269,770 for the Sheriff's Department, the full $29,070 for the surveyor and $6,521 for Planning, $228,000 for the Juvenile Center (which included some security expenses originally requested by the Sheriff), $198,536 for the courts and rejected the Extension Office's appeal.