A Special Fee Could Help Pay for the Removal of Ash Trees

By Scott Sarvay
By Maureen Mespell

October 4, 2012 Updated Oct 5, 2012 at 12:19 PM EDT

Fort Wayne, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - The Fort Wayne's Parks Department may enact a "tree tax" to help offset the costs of cutting down and replacement of Ash trees.

Since 2006, the Emerald Ash Borer has killed 15,000 Ash trees in the Summit City.

4,500 are being removed right now, paid with cash the state refunded the city after an accounting error.

But 3,000 more Ash trees need to be cut down, at a cost of a million dollars.

So, one idea is to enact a one-time $10 "special fee" to pay for the tree removal.

Fort Wayne Director of Park and Recreation Al Moll says, “We do have an issue of a safety issue. We do have a crisis that's going to pass. And this was one option. There are other options. But at this point, this was one we just laid out on the table.”

You can call the parks department with your opinion about the proposed "tree tax" before the board meets to discuss the issue at its October 23rd meeting.

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