At first, the administration ignored his requests, prompting him to have the council pass an ordinance this year requiring such statements. To date, the administration has yet to comply. Harper on Tuesday again attacked the administration for failing to provide the data, which he said is common for any non-profit or neighborhood organization to receive at every meeting. For the first time, however, Harper wasn’t alone in his complaints.
Councilman John Shoaff, D-at large, told the administration he agrees with Harper that the reports should be delivered as required by law. Councilman Tom Smith, R-1st, said the failure to provide the reports was “the most embarrassing thing I’ve ever seen the administration deal with.”
“I’m glad I’m not the controller,” he said.
Rebecca Karcher, spokeswoman for Mayor Tom Henry, said a report for March should be provided to the council this week and the April report will follow May 21. She said it took the controller time to create the reports, prompting the delay.
Hey, at least the Fort Wayne City Council is asking for information. The Indianapolis City-County Council doesn't even seem interested in asking for information on the Capital Improvement Board's finances despite revelations the CIB has been running deficits for at least a decade.