City Council Considers Using Legacy Funds to Fix Roads

By Megan Trent

January 8, 2013 Updated Jan 8, 2013 at 7:24 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) - Fort Wayne City Council members are considering using a portion of the city's Legacy Fund to fix up area streets and roadways.

The city is sitting on about $47 million in Light Lease Settlement funds, with an additional $28 million coming in over the next several years. City Council recently voted on and approved nine projects to be paid for through the Legacy Fund, totaling nearly $20 million.

City Councilman At-Large Dr. John Crawford tells Indiana's NewsCenter that he would like to see about $2.1 million from the Legacy Fund used to fix area roadways. The city, says Crawford, is about $50 to $60 million behind on road repairs.

"That's a legacy of Fort Wayne. If you don't have good infrastructure, then you don't have good investment and property values go down," says Crawford. "All these things are interrelated."

The amount needed for the repairs could change, he says, based on fluctuations in other areas of the budget.

Crawford says, "Everything has to be on the table. To tell the citizens that we have no money for anything and we have to do a tax increase, we have to cut services, but yet we can spend Legacy funds for new projects that are discretionary - it doesn't completely compute in my mind."

Discussion began at the City Council meeting Tuesday evening, but is not expected to immediately come to a vote.

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