Monday, November 14, 2011

Is There Actually A Maine State Official That Cares?

I read earlier today a post made by Maine State Treasurer Bruce Poliquin about the MSHA (Maine State Housing Authority) inability to discern between "low income" housing and upscale living.
He wrote in part: "During the past 18 months, Maine State Housing Authority (MSHA) has been helping to develop the Elm Terrace affordable housing project in Portland. Architects, engineers, developers, and lawyers have already spent over $600,000 on the project. The 35 mostly 1 and 2-bedroom apartments are planned to be constructed within an historic building on downtown Congress Street.
Here’s the problem: Each “affordable” apartment is budgeted to cost $314,000. How can Maine taxpayers be expected to help pay for $314,000 “low-income” apartments when the median single-family home sells for $159,000?  Why should our fellow Mainers be asked to subsidize housing which they themselves cannot afford to live in"? (Read the rest of his article HERE).
He plans on asking tough questions like this at the MSHA meeting at 9:00am tomorrow morning. This meeting will do a first ever action, it will actually be audio recorded. So, there will be a record of all that was discussed. Seems like there might actually be ONE state official that really cares about us Mainers and our wallets! If so... KUDOS to you, Mr. have this Mainer's support!

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