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.

There are many Fort Wayne residents who go to work every day but still find it very difficult to make ends meet. The City of Fort Wayne is reaching out to help low-income working individuals and their families. Through a partnership with the Internal Revenue Service and local social service agencies, the City of Fort Wayne is conducting the Mayor's Money in Your Pocket Campaign.

Through this partnership, the City has set up six Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites. The sites will be...

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Wayne Township is always reaching out to community partners and one of our great partnerships is with the United Way's First Call For Help, one of the first lines of communication reaching out to the people in need. They have done many great things to be involved and connect people with social service organizations for information and referral services. "It is the one-stop connection for finding the help you may need." First Call For Help is part of a new statewide Indiana 2-1-1 Initiative....

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There has been a lot of discussion in the news lately about the charter government legislation (which I am carrying in the Senate) which would allow a county like Allen to study, and potentially implement, a new form of local government. Such a concept exists only in one county in Indiana, which of course is Marion County, where UniGov has been in place for over 30 years now. However, unlike UniGov, which was simply implemented by the Legislature without public input, any recommendation for a...

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It is time again for my annual Report to the People speeches, which will be held at various locations throughout the City. The meetings allow me to update you on the progress our City has made in the past year and outline my administration's goals for 2004. Report to the People also gives you the opportunity to share your ideas and concerns with me, as well as ask any questions about City government.

Each of the five Reports to the People will focus on a specific topic. These include...

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Waynedale Resident Inspirational in Additional Heat Aid

 

This past October, an 89 year-old resident of Waynedale sought assistance from the Wayne Township Trustee Office for disconnected gas service. With tears in her eyes, she asked for help because she was cold in her house. This 50-year neighbor of the community had never been disconnected and had always paid the current charges on her bill. How could this be, you might wonder. Let me explain how things actually got worse for...

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As you are reading this, a new initiative to help downtown Ft. Wayne is underway in the State Senate. Senate Bill 180 (SB 180), which I have authored, attempts to strengthen downtown CRED districts (Community Revitalization Enhancement Districts) with the goal of making them even more viable economic development tools for cities.

Last year, Senator Tom Wyss and I rewrote the CRED law to make them downtown oriented, but just for secondclass cities (which are defined as all cities with...

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