Pat Roller, City Controller, attempted to free $800,000 from the cities budget. $400,000 would be taken from the Parks Department and the other $400,000 from Public Works.
However, city council only approved half of the money. The $400,000 from the Public Works Department is available, and will be transferred to the Fort Wayne Fire Department. This Parks Department will not lose any funding.
There is a new class of Fort Wayne Firefighters who begin training in a couple of weeks, but the department needs to come up with an additional $400,000 to ‘maintain public safety’.