Bill Proposing Low-Income Housing Loan Program Advances

first_img Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Email A bill that would create a $15 million low-income housing loan program in Montana could be headed for the state House floor for discussion as soon as next week.House Bill 16, sponsored by Whitefish Democrat Rep. Dave Fern, would direct $15 million of coal tax trust fund money to start a program to provide loans for the development and preservation of homes and apartments to assist low- and moderate-income applicants. The bill passed out of the House Taxation Committee on Feb. 1 with a 13-5 vote.“I think its chances are pretty good,” Fern said of his bill on Feb. 1. “It’s a loan…so it comes back paid with interest.”Affordable housing continues to present challenges for Montanans, especially in the Flathead Valley. Whitefish has conducted an affordable housing survey of its workforce and found the housing options to be lacking; the city council recently approved a condo project that promised affordable units as part of its development.Fern said this bill could create a program to help people find appropriate housing while also not adding to the burden on taxpayers.The program would pay for itself, Fern said, because of the interest generated on the loans. The bill directs the state Board of Investments to allow the Board of Housing to administer the loans, and that any interest received on repayment can be used to pay for the servicing of a loan and for “reasonable” costs for administering the program. Once those costs are paid, any interest paid on the loan would back to the coal tax trust fund.Households with an income of 80 percent the median income of the area qualify as low income, and households earning 81 percent to 95 percent of area’s median income qualify as moderate income.Money from the coal tax trust fund could not be used to pay the expenses of any other program or service administered by the Board of Housing, according to the bill.Fern said he expected to see the bill up for discussion on the House floor on Tuesday. If it passes the House, it would then go to a Senate committee for consideration, where it must pass muster before it goes to the Senate floor for discussion and votes.last_img read more


O’Shea Memorial Fundraiser

first_img Share About 150 people turned out to the Boardy Barn in Hampton Bays on Sunday, July 8, in support of “Kevin O’Shea Day,” a memorial fundraiser. Funds raised from the event will provide scholarship money to high school students in the name of Kevin O’Shea, a former employee of the Boardy Barn who was a teacher. The Meade Brothers band rocked the pit, and supporters enjoyed an all-you-can-eat barbecue out back. New visitors to the barn were given smiley face stickers to wear wherever they wanted.last_img read more


West Florida loses tough battle at Alabama Huntsville

first_imgWest Florida loses tough battle at Alabama Huntsville Argos fall to 3-14 and 2-9 in the GSC (Photo by Bill Stockland) Sharecenter_img HUNTSVILLE, Ala.  – The University of West Florida men’s basketball team fell to Alabama Huntsville on the road tonight, 71-81. The loss makes it five in a row for the Argonauts and now have a record of 3-14 (2-9 GSC).West Florida was led by senior Nate Johnson (Lincolnshire, Ill.) who posted 20 points including three from three point range and pulled in six rebounds in 40 minutes of play. The Argos next leading scorer was Ellis Young III (Merritt Island, Fla.) who added 17 points on 6-for-10 shooting along with four rebounds and one steal.As a team the Argos shot 44.4% (28-for-63) from field goal range and 31.3% (5-for-16) from three point range. However, the Argos couldn’t keep up with the Chargers hot shooting after they shot 54.5% (30-for-55) from the field. The Charges also didn’t miss a chance from the free throw line shooting a perfect 10-for-10 from the line.The Argos will continue their road trip Saturday, Feb. 8 when they take on West Alabama in Livingston, Ala.For information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com.#ARGOS#Newspaper Box ScoreWest Florida vs UAH02/06/14 7:30 pm at Huntsville, Ala. (Spragins Hall)At Huntsville, Ala. (Spragins Hall)UAH 81, WEST FLORIDA 71WEST FLORIDA (3-14 (2-9 GSC))Nate Johnson 6-13 5-7 20; Ellis Young 6-10 5-8 17; Terrence Townes 4-5 0-19; Jonathon Gac 4-8 0-1 8; Tyler Funk 4-6 0-0 8; Savon Bracey 3-5 0-0 7;Mario Stramaglia 1-10 0-0 2; Justin Williams 0-3 0-0 0; Deangelo Legrier 0-30-0 0. Totals 28-63 10-17 71.UAH (11-9 (7-6- GSC))Seab Webster 9-13 3-3 23; Ronnie Mack 5-14 0-0 14; Conner Blasi 4-6 2-2 10;Garrett Cosgrove 4-4 0-0 9; Spencer Palmer 3-7 0-0 7; Taylor Chapman 2-2 2-26; Michael Gilmore 2-3 0-0 5; Greg Gardner 0-1 4-4 4; Troy Saxton 1-2 0-0 3;Caleb Duke 0-2 0-0 0; Andrew Donovan 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 30-55 11-11 81.West Florida………………   32   39  –   71UAH………………………   27   54  –   813-point goals–West Florida 5-16 (Nate Johnson 3-3; Terrence Townes 1-2;Savon Bracey 1-2; Mario Stramaglia 0-7; Justin Williams 0-2), UAH 10-27(Ronnie Mack 4-10; Seab Webster 2-4; Troy Saxton 1-2; Garrett Cosgrove 1-1;Spencer Palmer 1-4; Michael Gilmore 1-2; Andrew Donovan 0-1; Caleb Duke 0-2;Greg Gardner 0-1). Fouled out–West Florida-None, UAH-None. Rebounds–WestFlorida 30 (Jonathon Gac 6; Nate Johnson 6), UAH 34 (Conner Blasi 6; SeabWebster 6). Assists–West Florida 6 (Nate Johnson 4), UAH 23 (Taylor Chapman7). Total fouls–West Florida 12, UAH 14. Technical fouls–WestFlorida-None, UAH-None. A-1916– www.GoArgos.com –Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more