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Washington County briefs

October 21, 2009|By HEATHER KEELS

Community Action Council awarded $150,000 to help homeless



The Washington County Community Action Council (CAC) was awarded almost four times the amount of stimulus funding it requested for a Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program, CAC Executive Director David G. Jordan said Tuesday.

CAC applied for about $40,000, but was awarded $150,000 due to the availability of extra funds, Jordan said.

The funds will be used to provide a short-term monthly rental subsidy for people who meet income eligibility requirements and demonstrate a housing crisis, such as homelessness or eviction, officials said.

The Washington County Commissioners gave their approval Tuesday for the CAC to accept the funds.

Commissioners vote to spend $96,000 on easement and forest-planting project in Hancock



The Washington County Commissioners voted Tuesday to spend $96,000 from the county's forest conservation fund on an easement and forest-planting project on a property in Hancock.

The project involves creating a permanent easement on about 12.2 acres of existing forest and planting 17.7 acres of new forest on the property of Larry and Vicky Rollins at 4912 Creek Road, said Elmer Weibley, district manager for the Washington County Soil Conservation District.

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The forest will provide buffering to a perennial tributary to Little Tonoloway Creek, Weibley said.

As of August, the balance in the county's forest conservation fund was $167,659.71, Weibley said.

Excise tax credit, permit fee waivers effective at time of vote



The Washington County Commissioners clarified Tuesday that the excise tax credit and permit fee waiver portions of a short-term stimulus program passed last week became effective at the time of the vote, which was held Oct. 13 about noon.

County Administrator Gregory B. Murray said builders who applied for permits before that time, but have not yet started work, may cancel their permits and reapply under the stimulus program if they choose to do so.

Another aspect of the program, a break on the buyer's portion of the recordation tax, required a formal resolution, which the commissioners approved Tuesday. That portion of the stimulus program went into effect at the start of business Wednesday.

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