Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry has announced an initiative to improve neighborhoods and boost quality of life. The city says the proposed programming would be funded by additional revenues collected by the state through income taxes, a total of $3.86 million over the expected budget.
The plan proposes to allocate the following amounts:
- $1 million to expand the homeowner repair program
- $1 million to be set aside to empower residents to make neighborhood improvements
- $250,000 to additional projects to assist business owners in making improvements to the exterior of their commercial properties
- $300,000 to assist the Fort Wayne Police Department with new drug testing equipment
- $200,000 to assist The Lutheran Foundation with Allen County’s Sober Living Pilot
- $500,000 to be used for vocational assessment and skills training, workforce development, and accessibility
- $610,000 would go into the city’s cash reserves
“We continue to move Fort Wayne forward with positive momentum and excitement,” said Mayor Henry in a news release. “Investing in neighborhoods and quality of life programs will position us for future growth and success. It’s critical that we put residents first and demonstrate a strong commitment to ensuring we’re meeting the needs of our community.”
Mayor Henry’s Administration will present a formal plan to City Council for consideration in the coming weeks.