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.

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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May 28th the Wayne Township Trustees Office, in conjunction with Mount Calvary Lutheran Church and The Waynedale News held our first annual Senior Fair. After having such a heart warming success with our drug card sign up at Mount Calvary last year that we wanted to offer even more opportunities this year. There were over 15 different organizations that participated in the event. Seniors had a wide selection of services ranging from bone density testing to glucose monitoring, they were also...

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At a recent meeting of the Belle Vista Neighborhood Association I was asked about a matter that is coming up more and more as I talk with citizens of the 4th District—Comcast Cable TV rates. The first point I should make is that I rarely hear any complaints about Comcast service. The problem is that the cost has soared in recent years and totally outstripped the inflation rate. As you probably are aware, Comcast has the benefit of being the equivalent of a public utility—i.e. Comcast has...

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