The fund belongs to the people of Fort Wayne. When Mayor, I will ensure that every citizen has the chance be part of choosing what we do with it. Henry proposes a proactive, citizen-participation process including the following steps:
-Citywide brainstorming sessions throughout 2008 supported by broad outreach and guided by inclusive ground rules;
-Prioritization and determination of option costs and feasibility by City staff, professional experts as needed, and a steering group representative of the community;
-Release of interim results in 2009;
-Public input sessions to further refine direction in 2009; and
-Preparation and presentation of the administration's recommendations for action late in 2009.
The fact that Tom Henry plans to engage the citizenry in this process is a welcome sign for those of us that want local government to be accessible and transparent. Let's contrast Henry's position with that of Matt Kelty:
Republican mayoral nominee Matt Kelty said he would not try to find a place to spend the money. He said he would likely put most of the money into another trust as a way to reinvest for the city’s future.This answer is completely unacceptable. Kelty needs to open up and tell the voters of this city under what conditions he would spend the money. And if he did choose to spend it then what would his plan be? Kelty is side-stepping an important issue and voters should not allow it. The City Light Fund contains a lot of money and it deserves to be more than an afterthought...