Mayor will not sign "pay to play" ordinance

A bill passed by the Fort Wayne City Council last week in a 6 to 2 vote will not be signed by Mayor Tom Henry.

Posted: Dec 8, 2017 1:23 PM

A bill passed by the Fort Wayne City Council last week in a 6 to 2 vote will not be signed by Mayor Tom Henry.


Mayor Henry says the "pay to play" ordinance may be unconstitutional and asking the city council to re-look at the document. The ordinance wanted to monitor campaign donations and bidding on city jobs. If a company or key employees donated more than 2 thousand dollars in a year, they would be unable to bid on city projects.

In a letter to the city council, Mayor Henry explained why he did not sign the ordinance, saying he believed it to be a violation of the State Home Rule Act, and a violation of state and federal constitutions. The mayor is encouraging the City Council to take another look at the ordinance for further debate.

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