Image Under Attack: Crime Incidents Make City Council Leaders Nervous (VIDEO)

By Jeff Neumeyer

March 21, 2013 Updated Mar 21, 2013 at 4:58 PM EST

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www-incnow.tv) --- It may be a short-term problem, but the recent rash of violent crime in Fort Wayne is creating an image of a city under siege.

Counting two police action shootings, we have 12 homicides in less than three months of the new year.

It means 2013 is on pace to set a record for killings in Allen County.

A couple of Fort Wayne city council members we spoke with are hearing it from constituents.

We asked 5th district council member Geoff Paddock and City Council President Tom Didier about the problem.

" I know people are starting to come up to me and they're telling me, hey, what's going on with our city, why are all these murders happening," Didier said.

" I think folks would be pleased to know that they're going to see much more presence of police officers, because that's what it's going to take," said Paddock.

Local government budgets are under huge financial pressure right now.

But city council is considering authorizing a quarter of one percent cut in property taxes, while increasing local option income taxes by one half of one percent.

It’s a plan that officials say would produce a net revenue gain that council has talked about using to hire 20 more police officers and 15 more firefighters.

That discussion will heat up in a few months.




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