2/3/16 – 5:14 A.M.
Fostoria city council members had plenty of questions about the city’s budget during a Tuesday night meeting. The Courier reports City Auditor Steve Garner presented his 2015 financial report during the meeting. It showed a negative balance of more than $389,000 in the general fund.
Councilman Brian Shaver said he felt misled by previous statements from Garner. Shaver said, “We’re getting a budget tonight that’s showing we’re that far in the red and I just feel a little bit duped because we had a chance to rectify that problem without causing major changes to the city’s infrastructure.” He was referring to a cancelled plan to end a 1 percent tax credit for people who live in the city and work elsewhere.
Public backlash led to council rejecting the plan. Shaver said council only voted against it because Garner said the budget would be in better shape this year. Garner said there were increased overtime costs for the city because of some injuries. He added he mentioned that issue to council and former Service-Safety Director Allyson Murray in July.
Garner also said he never told council that Fostoria would be out of the red by the end of 2015.
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