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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.

COUNCILMAN’S CORNER

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Recently newly elected Allen County Prosecutor Karen Richards spoke before City Council and answered City Council members' questions. She provided an update on the functions of her office that all Council members feel must integrate its functions as smoothly as possible with the Police and Sheriff's Departments, as well as, the Court system. There has generally been the feeling that the Prosecutor's Office has been less vigorous than it should have been in prosecuting cases during the last 2...

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MAYOR GRAHAM RICHARD

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Fort Wayne and cities across the country currently are facing difficult economic challenges. Revenues are below estimates, budgets are being cut, some governments are laying off employees. In this time of recession, restructuring and reassessment it becomes even more important for the City of Fort Wayne to invest its limited resources in projects that will grow our economy.

That is why I have committed $1 million in new money to the Northeast Indiana Corporate Council's job creation fund....

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THE VOICE OF THE TOWNSHIP

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The Promise of Spring

 

If you are like me you can't wait for the arrival of spring. The past four months, though spectacular at times, proved to be one of the most expensive winters on record. The combination of high gasoline prices, increased natural gas charges and bitter cold, has had a devastating effect on many of us. As the Township Trustee I raised our income guidelines to 125% of the federal poverty level. This was designed to help those working poor and those on fixed incomes. The...

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FROM THE DESK OF SENATOR DAVID LONG

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Churches and charities are the lifeblood of communities. They operate with tight budgets, small staffs, and rely heavily on donations to maintain vital services to those in need. Because these groups continually and selflessly contribute to others' well-being, the government grants them certain tax exemptions.

Current state law allows churches and non-profit groups to claim to property tax exemption on land up to 15 acres. The land must be used for educational, literary, scientific, religious...

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COUNCILMAN’S CORNER

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I have some important news to pass on! For several years I've advocated opening Fort Wayne Police Department. precinct stations in each quadrant of the city. As you are probably aware, the FWPD did have posts at Southgate Shopping Center as well as at Precious Blood Church until they were shut down a few years ago. Recently Mayor Graham Richard and Police Chief Rusty York announced that a special police post will be opened at the Jefferson Pointe Shopping Center. Besides enhancing the...

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MAYOR GRAHAM RICHARD

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Guest Column By Mayor Graham Richard

 

Richard Florida and the Creative Class here in Fort Wayne

In January I attended the U.S. Conference of Mayors Winter Meeting in Washington, D.C. During one of the round table discussions Richard Florida spoke with about 40 mayors from around the country. Florida is a Professor of Economic Development at Carnegie Mellon University and the author of an interesting book called The Rise of the Creative Class: And How Its Transforming Work, Leisure Community...

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