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STATEMENT FROM MAYOR TOM HENRY ON THE BUSINESS PERSONAL PROPERTY TAX

September 27, 2016 - Now more than ever, it’s important for all of us to work together to continue to make Fort Wayne a great place to live, work, and play. We must remain committed to ensuring essential services continue to be provided to residents and children and protect homeowners from having to pay higher property taxes.

Now is not the time to change course and put our future at risk. That’s why I’m encouraged by City Council’s action tonight to defeat the proposal that would have eliminated the business personal property tax on new business equipment. I applaud Councilmen Barranda, Crawford, Didier, Hines and Paddock for voting against the proposal. 

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FORT WAYNE POLICE DEPARTMENT PROPOSES CHRONIC PROBLEM PROPERTY ORDINANCE TO ENHANCE PUBLIC SAFETY EFFORTS

September 26, 2016 - The Fort Wayne Police Department (FWPD) is taking proactive steps to address chronic problem properties (CPP) in the City of Fort Wayne.

At Tuesday’s City Council meeting, an ordinance is scheduled to be introduced that would help public safety personnel reduce repeat nuisance calls for service at problem properties. Discussion and passage of the ordinance is expected to occur in October. The effort is designed to enhance public safety efforts to keep the community as safe as possible. 

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MAYOR HENRY ANNOUNCES 2017 BUDGET TO CONTINUE FORT WAYNE'S POSITIVE MOMENTUM AND MEET THE NEEDS OF THE COMMUNITY

September 22, 2016 - Mayor Tom Henry today announced the City of Fort Wayne’s proposed budget for 2017.

The balanced budget continues Mayor Henry’s commitment to providing needed services to residents, neighborhoods, and businesses. The budget also reflects Fort Wayne’s position as a leader in economic development opportunities, job growth, strong neighborhoods and quality of life amenities that make our community a point of destination for investment and growth.

“We’re seeing momentum, investments, and excitement in Fort Wayne like never before. I’m encouraged the 2017 budget places a priority on public safety, neighborhood infrastructure, and our award-winning Parks,” said Mayor Henry. “Strong leadership and placing an emphasis on moving our community forward in the right direction with fiscal discipline is resulting in thriving neighborhoods, a positive business climate, and new jobs.”

The property tax supported budget, also known as the Civil City budget, totals $158 million. This budget does not include Fort Wayne City Utilities, which has its own budget funded by ratepayers. 

2017 budget highlights:
*Academy class for the Fort Wayne Police Department to hire 28 new police officers. The additions will allow the FWPD to have more than 460 officers patrolling City streets to protect the public.
*Continuation of commitment to neighborhood street, road, and sidewalk improvement projects - $23.8 million
*Investments in maintenance projects in City Parks - $7.7 million, which includes funding from a park bond to be considered by the Board of Park Commissioners and City Council
*Utilize the State of Indiana’s allowable tax levy to assist in preserving funding to provide essential services 

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