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The week ahead
Fort Wayne City Council: 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Citizens Square
Commission for Higher Education: 1 p.m. Thursday, Walb Union International Ballroom, IPFW

Tax talk affects all of Allen County

Local taxpayers will want to pay special attention, if not attend, the Fort Wayne City Council meeting on Tuesday. The council is scheduled to hold the first of two hearings on proposed tax increases. The increases are part of the city administration’s proposal to bridge an $11 million gap in the city budget as well as pay for needed road repairs and additional police officers and firefighters.

The hearing is on a proposal to adopt a new local option income tax, which would raise local income taxes for all Allen County residents from 1 percent to 1.5 percent, and a new property tax levy to support a cumulative capital development fund.

The new fund is expected to generate about $1.1 million a year. Most cities and counties – including Allen – already have this tax; Fort Wayne does not.

The council’s decision would affect all taxpayers in Allen County, not just those living in Fort Wayne. It would increase the income tax revenue available to all local units of government.

Council members are also likely to revisit a proposal that would save millions but would drastically change city employee benefits. City leaders proposed altering the city’s sick-time policy, requiring employees’ spouses to use insurance coverage at their jobs and eliminating compensatory time.

Higher ed meeting

The Indiana Commission for Higher Education meets this week in Fort Wayne.

The 14-member board, with one current vacancy, meets Thursday at IPFW. Marilyn Moran-Townsend of Fort Wayne chairs the commission.

VA service expansion

Steps to restore services at the Fort Wayne Veterans Affairs Medical Center continue with the reopening of the telemetry unit on Tuesday.

The telemetry service is the third phase in restoration of inpatient care, which was suspended in October to hire and train medical staff and improve procedures. The Lake Avenue complex earlier re-established chemotherapy infusions and complex medical care for hospital patients. The intensive care unit remains closed.

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