Several members of the Fort Wayne City Council on Tuesday took a stand against using tax-increment financing revenues to repair the elevators at Citizens Square.
Councilman Tom Didier, R-3rd, led the charge against the $852,557.50 expense, saying it was not a redevelopment project so it was inappropriate to use the revenue stream. The council voted 5-4 in support of the expense, but a final vote looms next week.
Councilman John Shoaff, D-at-large, also voiced concerns about using TIF money for the project, but did vote in support of the contract.
Didier’s hard stand against the elevators, however, comes less than a year after he supported a suggestion by Shoaff to use tax-increment money to reopen Swinney Pool. The pool, located in Didier’s district, has been closed for years because of budget restraints, and Shoaff suggested using the money after learning a similar fund pays for a pool in Chicago.
So, according to Didier, swimming is redevelopment while traveling through city hall is not.