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.

As I wrote recently, the 2003 city budget is currently being developed. Each city department prepares a departmental budget and that information is forwarded to the mayor's office for review. The mayor and his staff have the legal authority to work with departmental directors and modify the proposed budget in any way they feel is appropriate. The budget is then forwarded to the City Council for final review during the month of September. Under the laws of the state of Indiana the City...

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Well, the Legislature has finished its business in Indianapolis. You can all take your hands off your wallets now. The smoke has cleared, and the news is pretty good. Not perfect, by any means, but pretty good.

 

Lets review the situation we were facing.

1) Over the past two years, Indiana had lost over 110,000 jobs, many of them high paying manufacturing jobs.

2) Our State's tax structure was antiquated, and anti-business, causing Indiana to be much less competitive than surrounding states...

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Mayor Graham Richard and City Controller Deanna Wilkirson announced that the City's financial condition is strong. In contrast to the trend of serious financial problems in the state and federal governments, the City's finances are sound.

The City has accumulated a cash balance of $17.4 million (for the property tax supported funds). During the Richard administration the cash balance has increased by $7.6 million.

By employing strict financial management tools, we have not only been able to...

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As you are probably aware, City Council is moving 'forward' towards a vote on redistricting the 6 current council districts. There doesn't seem to be any serious interest by a majority of council members, regarding adding 2 more council members (this had previously been discussed as an option and made sense to me). A public hearing regarding the various alternative plans is being held this week. Every option I've seen to date keeps Waynedale and Indian Village in a single district. At the...

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Every now and then, someone suggests extending our office hours to help the indigent population during nighttime and weekend emergencies. If implemented, this plan would result in higher administrative costs (salaries, security, etc.), which is something that I would like to avoid, if at all possible. However, the mission to help people whose emergencies don't strike during normal business hours is a heartfelt and important one to pursue. With a lot of hard work and community collaboration...

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Next issue, we'll talk about the end of the Special Legislative Session, what was accomplished, and what was not. This issue, I have two subjects to discuss: the recent terrible storm that hit Fort Wayne, and cruise ships. First, the storm.

You read about areas in the country, such as Missouri or Minnesota, that get rainfall by the buckets for several hours at a time, but somehow, it never really hits the Fort Wayne area like that. At least, not until the evening of June 26th.

I happen to...

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