FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): The City of Fort Wayne may be expanding by 23 square miles and about 22,000 residents if it annexes land north of the current city limits in the newest annexation plan.
Mayor Tom Henry and city leaders announced the plan Monday afternoon. Henry says the city needs to annex as the urban area continues to grow.
The North IV annexation boundaries are Gump and Hursh roads to the north, City of Fort Wayne limits to the south, Schwartz Road to the east, and Dunton Road to the west.
If the approved by the city council, the annexation will go into effect January 2017.
This would be the city’s first annexation since 2006. This growth means more people will use city police, fire protection, water and sewer utilities.
As part of the annexation, a new fire station would be built north of Dupont Road and east of I-69. Six additional Fort Wayne police officers would be assigned to that annexed area at the completion of the next recruit class.
A public hearing will occur in July with an expected vote on the annexation ordinance to take place in August. If its approved It would be the first annexation for the city since 2006.
The city also says the newly annexed area would bring in extra money for Fort Wayne services. Here’s its breakdown:
Highlights of the projected property tax impact:
*City of Fort Wayne – revenues of $10.1 million
*Allen County government – loss of $1.5 million
*Allen County Public Library – loss of $574,800
*East Allen County Schools – loss of $325,000
*Fort Wayne Community Schools – loss of $280,000
*Northwest Allen County Schools – loss of $2.45 million
The city will hold a series of meetings designed to share information with residents about the proposed annexation.
The meetings will have an open-house format. There won’t be a formal presentation. Instead residents will be able to stop in and ask questions. City staff will be available at the meetings to provide answers.
Public meeting schedule:
*11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 18 in the Omni Room on the garden level of Citizens Square, 200 E. Berry St.
*7 to 9 a.m. April 19 at Life Bridge Church, 12719 Corbin Road.
*5:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 19 at Life Bridge Church, 12719 Corbin Road.
*5:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 27 at the Mirro Center, 10622 Parkview Plaza Drive.
*7 to 9 p.m. April 28 at the Mirro Center, 10622 Parkview Plaza Drive.
*5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Mirro Center, 10622 Parkview Plaza Drive.
— Mayor Tom Henry (@MayorTomHenry) March 14, 2016