Friday, November 13, 2009
Mayor Tom Henry's $45,000 Letter
Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry (D) has apparently concluded that nobody reads the newspaper or watches local news broadcasts any more. Instead of holding a press conference or relying on guest editorials in the newspaper to explain the City's ongoing dispute with Indiana Michigan Power over the value of the city's electrical utility power grid, which has been leased by the utility company since 1974, Mayor Henry decided to mail 100,300 letters to city utility customers at a cost of $45,000 according to the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette's Benjamin Lanka. "But the $45,000 expenditure is a concern, said City Council President Tom Smith, R-1st, especially since the same information was recently published as a guest editorial in The Journal Gazette," Lanka writes. “If it was published in the newspaper, that should have been enough,” Lanka quotes Smith as saying. Lanka notes the city has already spent over $300,000 in legal fees in its ongoing disagreement with the utility company.