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County officials oppose local income-tax hike

FORT WAYNE – Members of the Allen County commissioners and council have banded together to send a strongly-worded memo to Fort Wayne officials denouncing their proposed plan to raise income taxes.

County officials urged members of the Fort Wayne City Council and Mayor Tom Henry to “thoroughly examine all methods for reducing expenditures and controlling costs before any implementation of any income tax increase.”

City Council President Tom Didier read a portion of the letter at the council meeting Tuesday, but it was not discussed at length.

City Council members are in the final stage of discussions of how to solve a budget deficit of $5 million facing the city, which includes several options, including instituting a new local income tax.

The county has taken issue with the idea, saying it would leave the 70,000 people in unincorporated portions of Allen County with little or no representation in the matter.

The city has said the local option income tax would increase public safety workforce and provide additional property tax relief for not only 250,000 city residents, but county residents, as well.

The letter was signed by all seven county council members and all three commissioners.

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