No vote for development effort
Low income housing is scarce in Douglas County. The Alexandria Housing and Redevelopment Authority (AHRA) sought to purchase property in Alexandria to help develop the low to moderate housing market in the area.
The AHRA offered $3,500 for land located at 404 12th Avenue East with the intention of building a single family home. The city of Alexandria has placed an $11,100 lien on the lot for demolition and site cleanup reimbursement.
"I have to vote negative on this resolution because our assessor says the property is probably worth $35,000," said Commissioner Paul C. Anderson.
County Auditor/Treasurer Char Rosenow said the property, along with others that have not sold on the tax forfeiture list, will be discussed at the next commissioners' meeting on June 26. Rosenow explained that costs, such as lawn upkeep, are continually incurred as long as a property is on the county's books.
The AHRA said that its acquisition of the property would be an advantage to the county since it would be contributing to the local tax base within one year of redevelopment.
The AHRA's request was tabled at the June 12 Douglas County Commissioners meeting.
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