Builders Association backs affordable housing tax |

Builders Association backs affordable housing tax

Brian Platte, president, Summit County Builders Association

The Summit County Builders Association is writing this letter in support of Summit County ballot issues 5A and 5B to provide a permanent funding mechanism for the Summit Combined Housing Authority.

Over the past years, the Summit Housing Authority has sponsored several programs for first-time homebuyers in Summit County and continues to be a valuable resource.

The down payment assistance program is a beneficial service that, many times, is the deciding factor allowing a first-time homebuyer the opportunity to own a house in Summit County.

Because the loans are repaid to the Summit Housing Authority at a very low interest rate, it is a self-building program the authority will be able to manage and administer for years to come.

Additionally, the Housing Authority sponsors a homebuyers education class and has seen more than 900 potential homebuyers attend these classes in the last 2.5 years. These monthly classes help buyers understand the process and ultimately make home-buying seem less daunting and overwhelming.

All of us recognize the importance of assisting our local workforce toward home ownership. With that understanding, we hope the citizens of Summit County join the Summit County Builders Association in voting yes on ballot questions 5A and 5B.

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