From the General Manager—August 2013Travis Baker, General manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
What makes something affordable?
Personally, that question has evolved with life. What once seemed to require a winning lottery ticket back in my adolescence may now only require a few years of financing.
When it comes to affordable housing, the discussion tends to get a bit heated. Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but a lack of understanding may be partly to blame here.
Some key issues at the heart of this debate are: How is affordable housing funded? Who qualifies to live in the housing? Can the residents sell at future market value and turn a profit? Will my taxes increase because of affordable housing?
Our front-page story this month looks at a new affordable housing development to be constructed near the intersection of West Gate Boulevard and Cameron Loop. There is a raw piece of land there now, but soon it will get a major facelift.
As the residential application process winds down, the city has placed an affordable housing bond on the November ballot. This initiative comes on the heels of last year’s affordable housing bond, which failed to pass.
I encourage you to become better acquainted with the idea of affordable housing and what it means for you, your family and our community as a whole.
Hopefully after reading Editor Joe Olivieri’s story, you will have gained valuable perspective and answers to questions you had. Your viewpoint may remain the same on the issue, but at least you can go to the ballot box a bit more informed on the subject.
Travis Baker, General manager, email@example.com