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Kokomo Mayor Considers Spending $3 Million On Neighborhoods

Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight says he might use $2.8 million in tax revenue to upgrade rundown neighborhoods.

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A car sits parked in front of a store in downtown Kokomo, Ind.

Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight says he may take some of the $2.8 million in Economic Development Income Tax revenue the city will spend this year and use it to try to revitalize downtrodden neighborhoods.

For a neighborhood to get a piece of the economic development pie, Mayor Greg Goodnight says he wants to hear from groups of people seeking sidewalk work done or homes refurbished, rather than from homeowners with personal concerns.

“If it’s just individual curb on a street that doesn’t have much traffic, it’s less likely,” Goodnight says.  “If it’s a thoroughfare or a gateway that has more of an impact on the entire community, obviously we’d be interested in hearing their ideas.”

Goodnight mentioned making improvements to an area on the northwest side of the city in need of repair.  It is a project Jim Leslie of the United Way of Howard County has been working on. He says he and a grant writer will likely be putting together a proposal soon to ask the mayor for some of the cash…

“Now that we’ve found out that this is a possibility, I’d certainly talk to Mayor Goodnight and find out what we need to do to make sure that that’s available to that neighborhood,” Leslie says.

Goodnight says he does not envision any of the money being spent on two connected projects just beginning downtown: the building of a new YMCA and an adjacent parking garage

Stan Jastrzebski

WFIU/WTIU News Senior Editor Stan Jastrzebski spent time as a reporter with WGN Radio in Chicago and as an editor at Network Indiana, an Indianapolis news service. Stan is the winner of awards from the Associated Press, the RTDNA, the Indiana Broadcasters Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. He hosts WFIU's Ask the Mayor and anchors WTIU's InFocus.

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