Waynedale Politial Commentaries

What are your Waynedale (Fort Wayne), Indiana politicians working on for you? Local, regional and state wide politics can be found here written by your elected officials.

The City of Fort Wayne recently completed its first FaithWorks Leadership Academy. 51 participants from 30 organizations went through the training, in which they learned how to manage their finances, work collaboratively with other faith-based and community-based organizations and leverage their resources to receive and administer grants and other private and public funds. The FaithWorks Leadership Academy was made possible with a $90,000 state grant and a partnership between the City and the...

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"More great service to come for veterans in need"

 

Earlier this month Wayne Township was proud to have two U.S. Veteran staff members Robert "Shorty" Geiger and Jason Hile, along with myself, attend the Indiana Department of Veteran Affairs Veteran Service Officer Training. This training instructed participants on proper use of those portions of the Indiana code that pertain to veterans and benefits for veterans and their dependents and survivors. It also included a summary of most federal...

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In my last column, I had written about our family trip to the southwestern US, and in particular, southern Utah, taken in 1999. I stopped the last column just before we had arrived in Bryce Canyon National Park, after describing one of the great drives in the United States, Utah Highway 12 through the Grand Escalante Staircase National Monument.

Bryce Canyon is like no other park, simply because the landscape is so bizarre and fantastic that there could truly only be one place like this in the...

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As I have told readers of this column in previous articles, our family takes an annual summer vacation with the goal of seeing a new region of the United States each time. Last year, we took the kids to Washington D.C., Virginia, and the North Carolina/Tennessee mountains. The year before, it was to the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia. Prior to that, we traveled to the NFL Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio; Gettysburg; New York City; the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY; and home...

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Recently the Fort Wayne City Council voted unanimously to speed up elimination of the inventory tax that has been felt for many years to be a hindrance to economic development in Indiana. That was a major step toward making Allen County and Fort Wayne more attractive to business. The major tax "problem" that remains is that many residential property owners are likely to get hit hard with their fall property tax bill. This is primarily because the courts have forced a change in the taxation...

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Recently I asked to consider increasing the local Homestead Credit available to residential property taxpayers. My goal is to protect the taxpaying residents of our City. Since I took office more than three years ago I have not raised taxes and now I am asking for tax relief.

City Council was very thorough in studying how an early repeal of the inventory tax would impact Fort Wayne's tax revenues. I am asking that the same consideration be afforded to residential taxpayers.

I have no...

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