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Greater Fort Wayne Inc. board supports tax increase for revitalization funding

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Saturday, June 17, 2017 12:01 am

The Greater Fort Wayne board announced Friday that it supports revitalizing Fort Wayne's sidewalks, alleys and riverfront area. Board members unanimously voted to endorse a proposed Fort Wayne City Council ordinance that increase local income tax to fund those projects, according to a news release.

Because of funding cuts, Fort Wayne Community Schools eliminated bus transportation for about 7,000 students. The proposed ordinance would repair existing sidewalks and create sidewalks so children can get to school safely.

“Many of the sidewalks near our schools are damaged or incomplete," said Wendy Robinson, FWCS superintendent and a GFW Inc. board member, in the release. "In some cases, the only option for our students is to walk in or near the road, which is clearly a child safety hazard.”

The ordinance would also transform the banks of the St. Marys River, and local business leaders see riverfront development boosting jobs and wages in northeast Indiana.

“A thriving Riverfront will also be a crucial element in attracting and retaining the highly skilled people we need to fill job openings in our region, said Ray Kusisto, CEO of Ortho NorthEast and a GFW Inc. board member, in the release.

The GFW board is comprised of 53 community leaders who are residents and from local companies and nonprofits.

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