Please read this article in today's JG:
I am so mad that I had to go and take a walk...
The City has been working on this deal since December. They THINK they will finalize their "Memorandums of Understanding" TODAY.
They want City Council to vote on this issue TOMORROW.
Early on in this project I expressed my opinion that The Mayor would be trying to "ram this down our throats" without time for a public review of the financing.
I was right, and in fact, it is worse then I thought.
Anyone who wants to review the entire package will have to peruse a couple hundred pages and several different reports... This will take a couple of weeks.
They are giving us less then 24 hours.
What a slap in the face to the citizens of Fort Wayne.
Kevin Knuth must be livid... Kevin Knuth talks about open government a lot. I am sure that Kevin remembers that the Mayor personally promised me that I could review the entire financial proposal and that I would have time to ask questions BEFORE this issue was voted on by City Council. Pat Roller, the City Controller, made a similar promise.
I have contacted both the Mayor's office and Pat Roller's office several times; yet, I hear nothing back. The silence is deafening...
It is a shameful day for Fort Wayne and the Mayor's Office has "slapped us all in the face." This is a "black eye" for the Mayors office and for open Government...
P.S. Kevin Knuth will be proud, I am filing a bunch of Freedom of Information Requests today. I can promise you this, Fort Wayne is going to give me the information that they are required to by law!