Political Notebook

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Light lease attacks

If former Fort Wayne councilman John Crawford wanted to start a debate on how to use the city’s light lease earnings, he has succeeded, even if not in the way he probably wanted.

George Guido, a Democratic seeking an at-large seat, recently announced that the city should be using that money to help spur job growth. The city will have nearly $80 million from the lease and sale of its former electric utility to Indiana Michigan Power.

Crawford earlier this month said the city should freeze property taxes for the next two years and use some of this money to compensate for any lost revenues. The Republican is also running for an at-large position. There are three at-large seats on council, so it is possible both could get elected to office.

Guido, however, said such a plan would not help spur job growth, because it meant only small savings for businesses and homeowners.

“As a City Councilmen, I promise to propose initiatives for job creation and economic development by investing in Fort Wayne,” Guido wrote.

While he did attack Crawford’s proposal, he offered no specifics for how he would use the money to promote job creation in his announcement.