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Out Going Allen County Council President Paula Hughes on 2010 Accomplishments.

County Council’s Accomplishments for 2010.

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We must reject long-term debt, end out-of-control spiral of city spending.

November 22nd, 2010

There has been much talk about the message voters sent Nov. 2. If we are to accurately interpret the themes of this message, we must consider what drove voters to make such a dramatic change in the people they elected and the spending they rejected.

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Allen County Council President Paula Hughes on City’s Social Media Plan

November 17th, 2010

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Are there no local experts that the city can tap?

November 17th, 2010

Paula Hughes, Allen County Council president and announced candidate in the 2011 GOP mayoral primary, raises an important issue when she questions Fort Wayne’s hiring of an Illinois consulting firm to help it make use of “social media” platforms such as Twitter and Facebook. In one way, it’s not really about the money, but in another way it is.

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Hughes throws first stone in mayor race

November 16th, 2010

Allen County Council President and mayoral candidate Paula Hughes fired the first campaign shots at Mayor Tom Henry Monday. In an online letter directed at Mayor Henry, Hughes targeted the city’s social media plans.

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Verbatim: Paula Hughes announces mayoral run

September 28th, 2010

Allen County Council President, Paula Hughes, formally announced today that she is a candidate for the Republican nomination for Mayor of Fort Wayne. Surrounded by family, friends and supporters at TFE, her family’s business, Hughes said her candidacy is about transforming the city through conservative government.

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Paula Hughes launches mayoral bid

September 28th, 2010

Allen County Council President Paula Hughes formally announced her candidacy for Fort Wayne mayor on Tuesday. It’s been no secret that Hughes would announce her intention to run for Fort Wayne’s highest political office ever since she decided not to run for another term on county council.

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Republican Hughes “All In” For Mayor’s Race

September 28th, 2010

Paula Hughes is getting a head start in Fort Wayne’s mayoral race. The president of the Allen County Council will officially announce her candidacy at noon today.

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Candidate adds ‘fun’ to fundraising

August 24th, 2010

Paula Hughes, who’s running for mayor more than a year in advance of the election, has brought a new element to political fundraising in Fort Wayne: motorcycles, which almost ensures that donors will have fun – an even more radical innovation in political fundraising.

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Land Bank Program Gets $4.7 Million To Launch

August 19th, 2010

County council on Thursday approved the transfer of $4.7 million dollars to fund a land-banking program.

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Paula Hughes For Mayor Motorcycle Ride

July 20th, 2010

Police Escorted 40 mile ride beginning at Kreager Park and ending at Republican Headquarters in downtown Fort Wayne. After the ride Hot Dogs from Coney Island will we provided. Cost $10 per motorcycle. You may also pay cash or check the day of the event if you would like to.

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WOWO Podcast

July 15th, 2010

Allen County Council President Paula Hughes discusses the EACS Referendum. There are some tax changes that are being discussed.

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Allen Co. starts land banking program to lure companies

June 25th, 2010

Ownership of land for development will allow the county to ensure infrastructure is in place for prospective businesses.

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County seeks ‘shovel-ready’ site funds

June 4th, 2010

Availability of “shovel-ready” sites is essential to attract companies looking to move or expand quickly.

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Day 30 of 30 Day Challenge

April 27th, 2010

It seems like yesterday that I made the decision to start this challenge.

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County officials discuss best use of $22M in fund

March 14th, 2010

The meeting was requested by County Council President Paula Hughes to analyze the county’s needs so the cash can be allocated appropriately.

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Paula Hughes on City/County Co-location

April 14th, 2010

It’s time that we started TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS in Fort Wayne.

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County officials discuss best use of $22M in fund

March 19th, 2010

A March 2 News-Sentinel column reported that the county was sitting on a $27 million account balance.

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How to Create Real Urban Redevelopment

March 18th, 2010

Cleveland’s example of effective fiscal management.

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Ten Steps to Brings Jobs and Businesses Back to Cleveland and Other Big Cities

March 17th, 2010

Cleveland is one of the best examples of a big American city struggling with the economic transitions and transformations brought about by today’s globally competitive services-based economy.

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Big-picture planning

March 15th, 2010

Allen County Council and commissioners to meet to review future spending and the best ways to use the eight-figure county government surplus.

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What to do with $27M county surplus?

February 12th, 2010

County Council President Paula Hughes would like to give some of that surplus back to taxpayers.

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Recession Ravaged Cities Looking at Taxing Churches or Having Churches to Start Paying Fees

February 12th, 2010

Paula Hughes voices strong opposition to the Mayor’s proposal.

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Downtown GOP forum on open government

February 7th, 2010

Paula Hughes to join discussion regarding public access issues in local government.

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Co-location panel to reassess costs of revamp plans

February 6th, 2010

Fort Wayne and Allen County officials made some progress in their nearly two-month debate about sharing office space.

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The Mayor Makes Sausage

February 6th, 2010

Having seen the intergovernmental task force on co-location today I much prefer sausage making.

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County refuses loan by Henry

February 5th, 2010

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry’s $2.5 million loan offer to Allen County was immediately rebuffed Thursday by the County Council president as not being pertinent to the debate over the governments sharing office space.

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Space Utilization Task Force notes

February 5th, 2010

The seating arrangment for the task force members is interesting this morning.

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Purcell expected to step down as deputy mayor

February 1st, 2010

He has been involved in city’s many critical issues since July 2008.

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Co-location task force meeting notes

January 29th, 2010

John Stafford is kicking things off. He has narrowed the focus of the public comments down to the co-location issue.

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Passing the No-Doze at Council

January 27th, 2010

Council last night nearly set a record for brevity. In little over an hour a committee session and a regular session were dispatched with alacrity.

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Costs stall co-location decision

January 27th, 2010

A resolution that includes Allen County and Fort Wayne sharing office space in two downtown buildings will be difficult to reach by Mayor Tom Henry’s deadline, some county officials said Tuesday.

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Save for coming storm, county urged

January 22nd, 2010

The Allen County Auditor’s Office warned that the county likely faces decreasing tax revenue for the next five years and urged the County Council to begin saving now to soften the blow.

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Co-location funding frustrates County Council

January 22nd, 2010

The prospect of locating local government in two downtown buildings has created more than a few disagreements between city and county officials.

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Allen County Council notes

January 21st, 2010

Kirk Ray and Paula Hughes have been reappointed to the Redevelopment Commission.

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Brown absorbs lesson on Council paybacks

January 17th, 2010

Fort Wayne City Councilwoman Liz Brown, R-at large, got a quick lesson in the quid pro quo of council politics last week.

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Important political races in 2010

January 15th, 2010

At least for now, City and County offices continue to be housed inside the City County Building. It isn’t clear how long that will continue, but in the meantime, who makes up those offices could also be decided in 2010.

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Hughes: Shortsighted to tax non-profits

January 15th, 2010

Allen County Councilwoman Paula Hughes recently wrote an op-ed piece for the Journal Gazette.

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County Council favors bill to elect 1 exec

January 14th, 2010

The list of people wanting to eliminate the Allen County Commissioners just keeps growing.

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Are trustees, township needed? Maybe so

January 14th, 2010

When Paula Hughes and other County Council members performed a non-binding review of local trustees’ budgets and procedures four months ago, she expected evidence that Allen County’s 20 townships really are inefficient and obsolete relics of the horse-and-buggy era – or worse.

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Bad idea to tax non-profit,
church-affiliated agencies

January 12th, 2010

Regarding the story, “Mayor’s 2010 full of resolve: Tax options, trash pact among key challenges”:

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Hughes to lead Allen council

January 8th, 2010

The Allen County Council chose veteran member and mayoral hopeful Paula Hughes to serve as its president in 2010.

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Property Tax Caps panel discussion:
IN Senator David Long

December 18th, 2009

Two segments of video from the Property Tax Caps panel discussion held December 10th at the Allen County Public Library.

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Police co-location discussion continues

July 23rd, 2008

City and County officials met July 23 to continue the discussion of co-locating the headquarters of the Allen County Sheriff’s Department and the Fort Wayne Police Department.

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