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 is one step closer to acquiring and developing the property at Southtown Mall. In late November, attorneys for Southtown owner Haywood Whichard did not object to the City's condemnation filing. While the move came as a surprise to City officials, it is certainly good news for Fort Wayne. We will now proceed with the condemnation of this blighted property. Through condemnation, the City will be able to acquire the site at fair market value and resell lots to a...

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The Wayne Township Trustee Office is proud to provide many outstanding programs. During the cold winter months ahead, the homeless shelter and self-sufficiency programs are two that focus on the critical needs of some of our most vulnerable citizens. The Homeless Shelter, known as T.H.A.F. (Temporary Housing Assistance for Families), houses families for 30 days that have lost their housing due to evictions, fires, relocation, or unlivable conditions. What is very unique about T.H.A.F. is...

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Recently, I've written a great deal about the current debate concerning property taxes in Indiana that is occurring in the State Capitol. At the time of this writing, the Legislature is meeting in a mini-Session, the Indiana Senate has just passed a piece of legislation concerning property tax reform, and this bill has been sent on to the House of Representatives for further consideration. Likewise, the House has passed its own bill, and this has been sent along to the Senate (a bill must pass...

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The Indiana State Legislature will convene in an unusual Special Session beginning Tuesday, November 18th, to discuss the statewide problems with the reassessment of property taxes. This Session could last into the second week in December, depending upon how long it takes to reach consensus between the Senate and the House on a variety of property tax related issues.

Normally, the third Tuesday in November is a formality called Organization Day, where the Legislature convenes for the new...

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Hello readers! Thanks for your support in the November 4th city election! Happily, since November 4th the level of political discourse has settled down a bit. The local, state, and national campaign scene in 2004 will likely be fairly contentious; this remains to be seen. During the 2003 city elections I was very happy to note two very positive trends among voters. First, voters seemed to be very discerning in casting their ballots. They sized up the candidates and selectively voted for...

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For many, the summer flood in Fort Wayne is a distant memory but others are still trying to recover. As the waters receded last July, much of the damage to homes was very apparent: flooded basements, damaged drywall and loss of property. In the long term, however, flood victims may have discovered additional damage to their homes. The City of Fort Wayne recognizes the need for more assistance and is taking steps to make sure services are available.
The City has teamed up with Church World...

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