The City of Fort Wayne is experiencing momentum and investments. Our downtown is thriving, neighborhoods are growing and we’re seeing a positive business climate with job growth and expansion projects. Two things we hear a lot about from the public are riverfront development and addressing neighborhood sidewalk and alley challenges. We’re especially concerned about neighborhood to school connectivity.
In order to make continued investments in the riverfront and neighborhood infrastructure, funding sources need to be identified. An income tax adjustment proposed by City Councilman Dr. John Crawford could generate the necessary funds to invest in the riverfront and neighborhood sidewalks and alleys. These revenues would help advance phases two and three of riverfront development, add new sidewalks throughout Fort Wayne and address areas of Fort Wayne Community Schools and East Allen County Schools that lack sidewalks for children. The plan would also allow for expanding the maintenance program for existing sidewalks and repairs to alleys throughout the City.
Local income tax proposal presentations given at City Council by the Parks & Recreation Department (riverfront) and the Public Works Division (sidewalks and alleys) on June 27, 2017.
Sidewalks and Alleys Presentation