FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): The Fort Wayne City Council shot down Mayor Tom Henry’s proposed annexation of almost 23 square miles to the north and northwest of the City limits last night.
The Council voted 7-2, with only Democrats Geoff Paddock and Glynn Hines supporting Henry’s plan, according to 21Alive.
The move comes after public outcry over the impact the move would’ve had on taxing bodies like schools, Allen County government, and the Allen County Public Library, all of which said the move would hurt them severely.
Mayor Henry issued a statement after the meeting, accusing the majority of the Council of “turning their backs” on voters and being “unwilling to show leadership.” Read Henry’s full statement below:
“At a time when the City of Fort Wayne is experiencing positive momentum and investments like never before, we took a step back tonight with City Council’s action to not pass the fiscal plan for the North IV annexation.”
“Tonight’s decision by seven members of City Council sends a clear message that they are content with the status quo and unwilling to show leadership.”
“It’s disappointing that seven members of City Council have turned their backs on those who elected them to represent City interests and position our community as a leader and destination place.”
“I want to thank Councilmen Hines and Paddock for voting in favor of the annexation fiscal plan in an effort to continue the dialogue. They’re to be commended for being advocates for residents and businesses.”
“My administration is committed to ensuring Fort Wayne is a jobs and quality of life leader.”
“Successful cities must grow to compete and be a place where residents want to live, work and play and businesses want to invest.”
“Even with tonight’s setback, my team and I will continue to fight for all City residents – every quadrant – every neighborhood.”
“Collectively, we must be committed to enhancing job and economic development opportunities to move Fort Wayne and the region forward in the right direction.”