Jehl/Harper, Propose Alternative to Mayor Henry's Capital Improvement Plan

Jehl/Harper, Propose Alternative to Mayor Henry's Capital Improvement Plan

“I don’t think tax and spend and bond and borrow is a good strategy for the citizens of Fort Wayne,” said Harper.
“Russ Jehl and I think we have a better alternative.”
 Fort Wayne Councilmen, Russ Jehl, R-2nd and Mitch Harper, R-4th, say they were shocked when hearing the cities proposed capital improvement plan.     That's why they are expected to present an alternative to  Mayor Tom Henry’s plan--one that doesn’t require bonding to pay for major infrastructure repairs.

“Once a year before the budget is passed, the city controller and administration presents to city council a plan for major expenditures for the next year,” said Harper. 

The cities proposed plan is aimed at improving roads, sidewalks, parks, trails and even supplying equipment for first responders.

“Russ Jehl and I think we have a better alternative,” said Harper

Councilman Harper and Jehl both agree that Fort Wayne’s infrastructure need major improvements.  Where they disagree with the city administration, is when it comes to funding the project. 

Harper and Jehl’s alternatives include a pay-as-you go model.  The city's plan calls for a $30 million upfront bond to pay for backlogged road repairs. A move the councilmen strongly oppose.

“I don’t think tax and spend and bond and borrow is a good strategy for the citizens of Fort Wayne,” said Harper. 

Jehl and Harper also suggest funding the project over six years compared to five and using $3.5 million of County Economic Development Income Tax money to pay for road repairs.

“The city administration said at the time they were going to use pay-as-you-go when it came to improving our streets-- Then when they issued the CIP [Capital Improvement Plan], they went back on what they told council a few months ago,” said Harper. 

A spokesperson for the mayor declined to comment. 

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