“There's going to be fewer firefighters on the street everyday,” said Scott Hinton, Treasurer, Fort Wayne Professional Firefighters Union.
Hinton says there are discrepancies in Mayor Tom Henry’s 2014 budget.
“We don't feel that they have been upfront with us at all. We want them to show us where every dollar is going, because right now we don’t know where money is going,” said Hinton.
Earlier this summer, an increase to the local option income tax was approved by Fort Wayne City Council. The revenue from that bump is expected to generate $4.7 million for public safety.
The police department will use $1.5 million of that to hire 20 new officers and the fire department will bring on 15 new fire fighters costing $1.2 million--Totaling $2.7 million.
“That means there’s $2 million in that balance and we don't know where that money is going,” said Hinton.
John Perlich, Mayor Tom Henry’s office, says The Professional Firefighters Union has expressed some of its concerns with the cities administration.
“We certainly stand by our financial data,” said Perlich.
“We certainly don't see a public safety risk. We know that each fire station is going to have the appropriate personnel to respond to an emergency,” said Perlich.
Hinton says the union plans on bringing some of these questions up at next Tuesday’s City Council meeting, to hopefully get some answers before the budget is voted on. The vote is scheduled for Oct. 22.