Mayor Joe’s Accomplishments While Serving The People of Warsaw
Low Taxes and High Services
Regardless of what others will try to convince you of, Warsaw, when compared to other other Hoosier cities of comparable size, has lower than average taxes and higher than average services.
The certified 2017 taxe rate of $2.57 per hundred of actual value in properties ranks us in the lowest quarter in the state for comparable class 2 and class 3 cities. That means that in Indiana, 75% of the people in like sized cities pay more in property taxes than we do. The last three years have essentially been flat with no property tax increases, and in fact late last year the City Council approved a small reduction in the 2018 pay 2019 municipal tax rate.
While we did see a slight increase in sewage collection rates, by the time we get into the second phase of construction we will be most likely at an average of $45 per month per dwelling – the average rate for Hoosier communities our size. By comparison the communities of Columbia City and Nappanee pay over $70 per month per dwelling unit. We are also moving from a flat rate for sewage billing to actual usage for billing.
Warsaw does not charge for automated residential curbside trash and recycle pickup…we are in the minority of communities that can offer these services at no charge.
- Husky Trail
- Market Street Phase 1
- North Buffalo Street
- Lincoln School Road Reconstruction
- Tigers Retreat
- 300 North/Madison School Safe Routes to School
- Polk Drive Extension
- Mariner Drive
- Market Street Phase 2
- Anchorage Road
- Lincoln School Safe Routes to School
Replacing the aging sewer pipe collection in Warsaw. Some of these pipes are 100+ years old and are in desperate need of replacement for the health and safety of our community.
Comparing recent population figures to the 2010 census, we have seen a healthy 10% growth in our population. Our median age is dropping – showing that we are attracting young families to live here and work here.
Why? We don’t have beaches or year around warm weather or mountains or ski slopes, yet while other communities are dwindling we are growing. Mayor Joe believes it is because of structured growth, being favorable to business and families. We believe that is accomplished by cultivating the right mix of business, technology, manufacturing, housing, transportation and infrastructure.
Department Heads Improve Efficiencies
Our Department heads have improved dramatically in utilizing resources the last 8 years.
- Salt Trucks using onboard technology to conserve winter road salt
- State bids are sought when appropriate
- Interdepartmental sharing of projects and IT systems.
- Interdepartmental meetings that focus on sharing resources
Leveraging appropriated funds for projects with other public or private resources to extend our “buying power”.
For example, by applying for the State Revolving Fund Loan for Phase 1 of our Utility Expansion Project, Indiana Finance Authority estimated a savings to our ratepayers of over 3.5 Million dollars over the life of the loan. In 2018 we will apply for an SRF Loan for Phase 2 and also anticipate additional multi-million-dollar savings.
The recently completed Husky Trail and Market Street Phase 2 had a combined total cost of 5.3 million dollars. Applying for and being awarded federal transportation funds will cover 80% of construction and engineering costs a savings worth 4.25 Million dollars.
Just last month the city was awarded two more Federal grants that will support the reconstruction of Anchorage road and pedestrian improvements for 5 blocks of Ft Wayne, Clark, and Sheridan streets designed to improve safety for our young Lincoln Lions as they make their way to this school! A total of 3.7 million dollars’ worth of construction will cost the city 740,000. That’s a total of almost 9 Million dollars of road projects that has been, and will save the city over 7.2 Million dollars of project costs.
Leveraging tax dollars doesn’t just happen. We strive to direct your tax dollars to where they can realize the most benefit and stimulate public and private investment in collaborative projects that benefit the entire community. Something all of us can be proud of.
We are able to accomplish so much more for the citizens of Warsaw with partnerships with private organizations like:
The Rotary Club
Warsaw Public Arts Commission
The Kosciusko County Community Foundation
Parks and Recreation
Park and facility improvements that include Richardson/Dubois Park, the new Rotary Park, Hire Park BMX facility, and the new stormwater project inspired sledding hill at Kelly Park
Warsaw Wayne Township Fire Territory Station #3 is complete and responding to 911 calls. The construction came in under our expectations for this very important emergency facility on the south side of the city. We now have 6 tornado sirens within the city limits.
US 30 Corridor
Increased traffic on US 30 and increased traffic across US 30 has lead municipal leaders from Allen County to Porter County to begin to discuss our options for making US a limited access highway (think US 31 From Indianapolis to Michigan). We have met with INDOT to look for immediate solutions until a state-wide solution can be enacted.