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Wednesday, March 29, 2017 12:00 pm

Barranda wants more of a say in the budget

DAVE GONG | The Journal Gazette

The Fort Wayne City Council should be more involved in the city budget process, Councilman Michael Barranda, R-at large, said Tuesday.

"We have an interesting way we do things in Fort Wayne," Barranda said. "The way the budget process works is that the administration gives us a budget and we cut it. That's really an unfortunate way to do business."

Each year, the city budget is prepared by the City Controller's office and submitted to council for approval. Council is only permitted to make cuts to the proposed budget; the body cannot add funding or move funds around. Barranda said he'd love the opportunity to sit down with Mayor Tom Henry and his staff and work together to craft a budget. 

"But that's just not the way it works, at least historically," Barranda said. "I'm here to say that if that's a process the administration is willing to have, I'd love to be able to sit down and work together on a budget, as opposed to the process that says, 'Here's our budget, cut away.'"