DEAR WAYNEDALE READERS

The “Money in Your Pocket” Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) program is preparing for 2007. The City of Fort Wayne and community partners work to assist lower income working families apply for tax refunds. If you qualify, we encourage you to participate in the program.

In 2006, $1.1 million was brought back to working families in the community. In 2005, $1.6 million in tax refunds were received by working families. In 2004, the total was just over $1 million. In 2003, $250,000 was returned to the local economy. Anyone interested in volunteering or donating computers and technology-related equipment should contact the Mayor’s office at 427-1120 or citizens@cityoffortwayne.org.

Phase One of the Ardmore Avenue extension project has been completed. The newly completed phase opened to traffic on November 21. Ardmore Avenue has been extended from Lower Huntington Road to Airport Expressway. In addition, new traffic signals have been installed at Ardmore Avenue and Lower Huntington Road as well as Ardmore Avenue and Airport Expressway.

This $5.8 million project will continue in the spring with the connection of Ardmore Avenue from Airport Expressway to Indianapolis Road. An existing bridge across the Fairfield Ditch on Lower Huntington Road will also be reconstructed to provide turn lanes at the newly signalized intersection at Ardmore Avenue and Lower Huntington Road.

Eighty percent of the project is funded through the federal government. We are excited about this new project because it is a great step forward in our efforts to provide excellent roadways for motorists and businesses. An eventual link to Fort Wayne International Airport will enhance economic development opportunities for our community as we work to retain and gain jobs and businesses.

This year marks the 19th year of the Holiday Cab program, which offers free cab rides to people who may be impaired. Cab rides are provided within a 10-mile radius of downtown Fort Wayne. The program runs December 21-January 1. Cabs are available from 8 p.m.-3 a.m. to take passengers to their homes. Potential riders cannot reserve rides or be taken from one event to another. Anyone needing a free cab ride should call 460-4654.

Holiday cab provides a tremendous service to our community as we work to be a safe city. We also thank our local law enforcement agencies for their commitment to keeping our roads as safe as possible. We want everyone to enjoy the holiday season with family and friends.

 

Graham Richard
Mayor

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