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.

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.

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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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In this time of continued economic uncertainty it becomes important to encourage the development of small businesses in our community. They are the backbone of local, state and national economies. It may surprise you, but according to the Small Business Administration, nearly 97 percent of Indiana's businesses in 2002 were small businesses, those with less than 500 employees. Income from the state's small businesses totaled more than $10 billion. Those numbers clearly illustrate the...

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The Wayne Township Trustee's Office has several programs designed to assist the citizens of our community. Our Payee Program is intended to offer those client's who have money management issues an avenue of self-sufficiency. It is a free service offered to beneficiaries of Social Security who reside in Wayne Township and are unable to manage their own financial affairs. The program ensures that the beneficiary's environmental needs for shelter, food, medical and dental needs (not covered by...

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This week, I will be meeting with several different groups to discuss the future of downtown Fort Wayne. As many of you know, there have been many attempts in the past to come up with a plan to revitalize our downtown area. People look at what has been done in Indianapolis, and they say "Why not here?" No doubt about it, Indy has been transformed from a cow-town in the '70s to a vibrant, dynamic downtown destination today. They did it with a cohesive political, business and charitable...

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