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Mayor Tom Henry announces 2019 budget will continue focusing on infrastructure, public safety

The budget positions Fort Wayne as a leader in job growth, economic development, a revitalized downtown, and strong neighborhoods. It totals $173 million.

Posted: Sep 20, 2018 6:24 PM
Updated: Sep 21, 2018 8:53 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- Mayor Tom Henry announced Thursday the 2019 budget will continue the city administration's commitment to investing in public safety, neighborhood infrastructure, and parks.

The  budget positions Fort Wayne as a leader in job growth, economic development, a revitalized downtown, and strong neighborhoods. It totals $173 million.

2019 budget highlights
*Academy class for the Fort Wayne Police Department to include 25 recruits. In addition, the FWPD plans to hire seven additional officers. The additions will allow the FWPD to have 480 officers patrolling City streets to protect the public.

*Academy class for the Fort Wayne Fire Department  to include 25 recruits. The additions will allow the FWFD to have 363 firefighters protecting the community. In addition, the FWFD plans to purchase two new fire engines.

*Continuation of commitment to neighborhood infrastructure projects with a total investment of $31.1 million, which includes $23.1 million for neighborhood streets and roads, $6.5 million for sidewalks and alleys and $1.5 million for bridges

*Investments in maintenance projects in City Parks to total $3 million

*Utilize the State of Indiana’s allowable tax levy to assist in preserving funding to provide essential services.

Recent achievements under Mayor Henry’s leadership through strong fiscal management and balanced budgets include
*Lowest cost of living city by Niche (3rd year in a row)

*17th best run city in the country by WalletHub

*Best place to live in Indiana and 40th in the country by U.S. News and World Report

*Best city in Indiana to live by Business Insider

*Top real estate market city in the Midwest by realtor.com

*Most affordable big city for home ownership by SmartAsset

Mayor Henry’s Administration will present the budget to City Council on Tuesday.

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