News release from the Henry for Mayor campaign:
Henry campaign releases two new TV ads: “Conservative” and “Headline News”
Today the Tom Henry for Mayor campaign released two new television advertisements: “Conservative” and “Headline News.” “Conservative” focuses on Mayor Henry’s fiscal accomplishments as well as his recent endorsement from the Journal Gazette. “Headline News” demonstrates that Paula Hughes’s recent attacks are misleading and highlights her record of supporting tax increases while cutting vital services like snow removal.
Both ads will begin airing on all major Fort Wayne television stations, starting today. Proof and transcript are available below, and online here (“Conservative”) and here (“Headline News”).
For mayor, the choice is clear. “Demonstrated leadership” is why the Chamber of Commerce’s BizPac endorses Tom Henry. The political arm of the Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce will support Democratic Mayor Tom Henry in the Nov. 8 election, Henry's campaign announced Monday.
Henry won the endorsement of the Greater Fort Wayne Business Political Action Committee, or BizPAC, a nonpartisan board that – according to its website – supports candidates who are “advocates for limited government, free enterprise and a pro-business, pro-economic growth environment” in the Fort Wayne area.
The Journal Gazette agrees saying “Henry has a record many conservatives would praise.
“The city’s debt is both well-managed and appropriate.”
“While Hughes has made city finances her top campaign issue, Henry has a record many conservatives would praise.”
And “The budget is lower than when he took office”
“[Henry] consistently spends less than budgeted …
…and cash reserves are growing.:
“The budget is lower than when he took office, he consistently spends less than budgeted and cash reserves are growing.”
“Tom Henry has earned re-election.”
“The mayoral election comes down to two questions:
•Should voters fire Tom Henry?
•Has Hughes made a compelling case she would be a better mayor?
The answer to both questions is no, and Henry has earned re-election.”
Tom Henry: The one we can trust with Fort Wayne’s future.
How can we trust Paula Hughes? Newspapers say her tax attack on Tom Henry bends the truth and crosses the line. The News-Sentinel's Kevin Leininger detailed how Paula Hughes and the Republican's claim about Henry and the COIT tax are inaccurate and seriously misrepresent the facts. In his words:
"A certain amount of fact-fudging is expected in politics, but cynically blaming Henry for a tax the GOP not only helped pass but in fact championed crosses the line…power should never be entrusted to people and parties willing to say or do anything in order to achieve it."
“GOP bends truth on COIT,” Lengerich, News-Sentinel, 9/15/2011
It’s Paula Hughes who raised taxes year after year. Hughes supported or voted for tax increases every year for ten years. For a full list of tax increases go to https://therealpaula.com/images/8-25-11_Hughes_Ten_Years_of_Taxes_1_.pdf
While cutting vital services like snow removal. In 2007 the County Highway Department cut 19 employees because of shrinking budgets.
“The department had 111 total positions before five were vacated through retirements, transfers or resignations. That leaves 19 to be eliminated in the department, Hitchens said.”
“Southwest annexation leads to elimination of 19 Highway Department jobs,” Lengerich, News-Sentinel, 7/18/2007
Later that year which codified those cuts. shows the nearly $1 million cut in maintenance workers (page 169) and the total highway department cut of about $2.5 million (page 172).
The Journal Gazette describe Paula record on the issue:
Allen County cut its highway department by 20 percent in 2008, including laying off 19 employees, because of reduced revenues caused by the city’s annexation of much of Aboite Township. Hughes served on the county council that approved this budget.
Highway officials said at the time they would send 10 to 12 fewer trucks out to plow snow along county roads because of the cuts. This would cause the department to need another hour to 90 minutes to clear main roads, a spokeswoman said at the time.
Or as a county snow plower Rick Kaylor put it to the Journal Gazette earlier this year,
"Four or five years ago, they laid off a whole lot of people when the city annexed Aboite,” Kaylor said. “So we got a whole lot less people and the same amount of road.”
As the Journal Gazette went on to note, "The state highway department has two shifts of drivers. The city has two or three shifts. The county has one shift…"
Now she calls leaf removal a luxury that could be eliminated. Hughes recently told the Journal Gazette that;
The Republican candidate hinted she would be willing to examine whether some city services should even continue in an effort to focus more on her top priorities: infrastructure and public safety.
“My perspective on the leaf pickup is it is a luxury as a citizen,” she said. “Do I enjoy it? Yes. Do I think we need to evaluate whether that is a priority? … I think it is up for discussion.”
Hughes reiterated the point at a recent press conference
“It's a luxury. There are communities that don't do that. The county doesn't do it. It's a nice service to have but let's be honest, it's a luxury.”
“War of Words,” Resnik, INC, 10/25/2011
That would force homeowners to pay for leaf removal on their own. State law (IC 13-20-9-2) states that “Deposit of vegetative matter in solid waste landfill prohibited.”
In addition, Fort Wayne Municipal Code 50.11 states that:
"(A) Leaves are prohibited from the landfill. In the fall, leaves cannot be placed out with the garbage for collection, loose or in biodegradable lawn bags. Leaves will be collected by the city Street Department loose or in biodegradable paper lawn bags during the fall collection season."
Code section 94.71 also says that leaves cannot be burned. This means if Hughes were to cut coverage then homeowners would have to pay for their own leaf collection.
Cutting services but making us pay more again? No thanks Paula, no thanks