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.

To The Volunteers

 

We here at the Wayne Township Trustee's office have always looked for ways to reduce the burden of the taxpayer while still providing for the needs of the less fortunate in our community. This means not only looking for new avenues and funding sources but also recognizing and developing the resources that already exist. The faith-based community has always had a strong influence in our community. With dwindling government budgets volunteers are a crucial part of our war...

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A not-so-funny thing happened last week in the O'Bannon Administration's desperate attempt to find some money for the State Budget. Officials were plowing desperately through various accounts and funds to determine if there were any accounting inaccuracies or other mistakes that might reveal that some extra money existed. You'll never guess what they found.

In a stunning announcement, the Governor declared that, for the past 16 years, the State had been overpaying property tax relief to...

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By the time you read this Councilman's Corner column a final City Council vote may have been taken regarding Mayor Graham Richard's plan to rejuvenate Southtown Mall. The chances are very great that the plan, which spreads the financial risk among Menard's, the developer, and the City of Fort Wayne, will pass a Council vote. As I see it, this plan to save Southtown Mall may well be our last chance. As Councilman Glynn Hines put it, Southtown is "a hole in the bottom of the boat" and everyone...

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Many Fort Wayne residents go to work every day but find they are unable to make ends meet. Often tax time becomes even more difficult for these families, but there is a way my administration is reaching out to help.

By partnering with CANI, RSVP, Project Renew, the United Way, the Hispanic Leadership Coalition, Vincent House, National City Bank, AARP, the Fort Wayne Urban League, the East Wayne Street Center, the Benito Juarez Center and the Salvation Army the City of Fort Wayne is kicking...

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With the winter season upon us, a solid plan is necessary to best help those in need. My staff and I have been actively involved in this years planning process within our office as well as in the community. The Fort Wayne area has seen a substantial increase in those families needing assistance to make it through the difficult cold weather months.

For the third year in a row, Wayne Township has partnered with CANI (Community Action of Northeast Indiana, Inc.) to help enroll our clients who...

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As many of you know, there is a big problem trying to put together this year's budget. The reason is simple: the State is out of money. We are officially, as of this writing, approximately $850 million dollars short of the money required to pay for the 2001-2003 budget. Translated, we are taking in $850 million dollars less than we are spending. And while the economy is beginning to show signs of life again, the improvement is not going to get us out of this mess.

The past two years, the State...

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