I hope you enjoyed the Thanksgiving holiday. As we near the end of the year, the City of Fort Wayne is preparing for the 2006 “Mayor’s Money in Your Pocket” Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) program. We have sent letters to financial institutions in the community asking for their support and help with the program. The EITC program assists lower income working families apply for tax refunds.

In 2005, $1.6 million in tax refunds were received by working families. There has been an increase in participation and refunds each year since the program started in 2003. In 2003, $250,000 was returned to the local economy. In 2004, the total was just over $1 million.

We look forward to continuing this campaign to better serve the members of our community who work hard and deserve a tax refund. We can exceed our past efforts by working together to build a larger and stronger network of volunteers to assist with tax return preparation. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Denise Porter-Ross, Mayor’s Northeast Area Advocate. Denise can be reached at 427-2603 or The program will kick off in January. A complete schedule of tax return locations and times will be announced in the coming weeks.

Along with financial institutions, other partners in the EITC program include the Volunteer Center at RSVP, Wayne Township Trustee’s Office, IRS, Urban League, CANI – Lake Avenue, CANI – Salvation Army, Benito Juarez Center, East Wayne Street Center, Purdue Extension Co-op, Vincent House, Neighborhood Health Clinics, and Indiana Business College.

Congratulations to The Waynedale News for being honored with a Half Century Award from the Indiana Economic Development Corporation. The award recognizes businesses that have remained in operation for more than 50 years and have demonstrated a commitment to community service. The Waynedale News and its staff are very deserving of this award. Keep up the great work!


Graham Richard

The Waynedale News Staff

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