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Northwest Allen County Schools, Fort Wayne Feud Over Annexation

Lisa Ryan/WBOI News

The City of Fort Wayne and Northwest Allen County Schools are disputing over money the school district could lose from the City’s annexation plan.

Superintendent Chris Himsel says the district has kept costs down over the years to maintain bus service after losing revenue due to property tax caps, but revenue loss as a result of annexation would be “untenable.”

According to the Northwest Allen County Schools website, the current amount of revenues lost to property tax caps is about $1.9 million. If annexed, that amount would increase to about $4.4 million.

The City issued a statement on Tuesday in response to the district’s bus service elimination, saying that that Himsel was using “scare tactics” to distress parents and students. The City also says transportation challenges aren’t new to the district and not a direct result of annexation.

Fort Wayne City Council is expected to take a preliminary and final vote on the annexation’s funding plan Tuesday evening. If approved, discussion on the City’s annexation plan continues. If it isn’t, the City’s proposal fails.

Zach joined 89.1 WBOI as a reporter and local host for All Things Considered, and hosted Morning Edition for the past few years. In 2022, he was promoted to Content Director.
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