Jehl calls for more neighborhood street funding

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): Second district city councilman Russ Jehl says he won’t vote for the 2019 city budget without a Capital Improvement Plan and an increase in funding for neighborhood streets.

Jehl addressed the media Monday afternoon at Citizens Square, calling for a reinstitution of the five-year capital improvement plan.

Jehl says sixty neighborhoods were listed in the Capital Improvement Plan released in 2014. However, thirty of those projects are untouched as the plan comes to an end this year.

“I have been asking for a revised Capital Improvement Plan for a year and have still not received it,” Jehl said. “It is unfair to neighborhoods around the city, who have had promises of repairs made to them, to not have any idea when their neighborhoods are going to see help.”

Funding for concrete street repair is at $6.64 million and asphalt at $6.78 million for this year. Next year’s budget contains $5.66 million in concrete and $5.9 million in asphalt repairs.

Jehl has voted in favor of 5 of the 6 budgets presented before him while on the council.

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