Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry’s administration is airing its proposal for solving the city’s budget problems on television.
“Fort Wayne’s Fiscal Policy,” produced by the administration and City TV, features interviews with City Controller Pat Roller, Fort Wayne Police Chief Rusty York, and Public Works Director Bob Kennedy as they detail the fiscal policy plan presented to City Council.
Henry is proposing a combination of spending cuts, property tax increases and a new local option income tax, which would raise local income taxes in Allen County from 1 percent to 1.5 percent. Meanwhile, councilmen Mitch Harper, R-4th, and Russ Jehl, R-2nd, have proposed making up the difference with a combination of spending cuts, larger property tax increases and using Community Development Economic Income Tax, or CEDIT, money, and money from the Legacy Fund, created by the lease and sale of the city's old electric utility. They want to avoid an income tax increase.
It does not appear that the Harper-Jehl proposal, which administration officials have said they don’t believe is sustainable, is mentioned in the 30-minute program. Jehl has said officials misunderstood part of the proposal.
“Fort Wayne’s Fiscal Policy” can be seen at 8 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. Sundays, 6 p.m. Mondays, 6:30 a.m. Tuesdays and 7 p.m. Thursdays on Comcast channel 58 and Frontier channel 28. It’s also online at afw.pegcentral.com.