City Rolls Out Capital Improvement Plan

By Eric Dutkiewicz - 21Alive

Fort Wayne From Towercam.

September 10, 2013 Updated Sep 11, 2013 at 9:30 AM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) - City of Fort Wayne presented a Capital Improvement Plan to City Council on Tuesday night.

A $45 million plan would split funds on a transportation improvements, city parks and vehicle and equipment expenses.

City Controller Pat Roller says new revenue to be brought in through recent passage of a city income tax hike not only gives the CIP more money to work with, but makes it imperative to have a plan going forward.

"The Capital Improvement Plan didn't get as much attention before," Roller says. "I think now that we have funding available, it's critically important our City Council becomes very aware of what's in that plan, so that we can all work together in maximizing those dollars.

A bulk of the money--some $34 million--would go to city streets, trails and sidewalks.

"This is a plan to get us back on track," Councilman Russ Jehl, R-District 2, says. "It's no secret, as the fiscal policy discussions pointed out, we have been neglecting our infrastructure. Those are shown especially in our capital improvements."

City Council took no action on the proposal on Tuesday, merely taking the plan under consideration.

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