Section 103-346; Res. 119-02; Re-Establishing and Modifying the Targeted Area of the Homeownership Assistance Program


Council Bill No.         R 119-02           

A RESOLUTION
    
re-establishing and modifying the targeted area of the homeownership assistance program, an employee benefit for eligible City employees.

    WHEREAS, the City Council established a City employee homeownership assistance program by the adoption of R 32-02 on February 4, 2002; and

    WHEREAS, the City Council re-established and modified the City employee homeownership assistance program by the adoption of R 42-02 on February 18, 2002; and

    WHEREAS, the City Council wishes to modify the City employee homeownership assistance program by excluding non-CDBG eligible areas from the homeownership assistance program targeted areas; and

    WHEREAS, an employee homeownership assistance program will provide for incentives that enhance the City’s ability to recruit and retain a valued and experienced work force; and

    WHEREAS, this benefit will encourage additional investment in the targeted City neighborhood; and

    WHEREAS, the program will create a partnership among the City, local housing and community development stakeholders, and housing lenders to offer additional financial incentives to increase home ownership.

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF COLUMBIA, MISSOURI, AS FOLLOWS:

    SECTION 1.  There is hereby re-established a home ownership assistance program for City employees who purchase homes within the targeted area of the City of Columbia, described as follows:

Beginning at the intersection of Stadium Boulevard North and Interstate 70; thence eastward along the centerline of Interstate 70 to the centerline of Business Loop 70 East; thence westward along the center line of Business Loop 70 East; to the centerline of Charles Street; thence southward along the centerline of Charles Street to the centerline of McAlester Street; thence westward along the centerline of McAlester Street to the centerline of Old 63 South; thence southward along the centerline of Old 63 South to Hinkson Creek; thence along the centerline of Hinkson Creek to Old 63 South; thence southward along the centerline of Old 63 South to the centerline of Stadium Boulevard; thence westward along the centerline of Stadium Boulevard to the centerline of South Providence Road; thence northward along the centerline of South Providence Road to the centerline of East Broadway; thence westward along the centerline of East Broadway to the centerline of McBaine Avenue; thence northward along the centerline of McBaine Avenue to the centerline of West Ash Street; thence westward along the centerline of West Ash Street to the centerline of North West Boulevard; thence northward along the centerline of North West Boulevard to the centerline of West Worley Street, thence westward along the centerline of West Worley Street to the centerline of Clinkscales Road; thence southward along the centerline of Clinkscales Road to the centerline of West Broadway; thence westward along the centerline of West Broadway to the centerline of North Stadium Boulevard; thence northward along the centerline of Stadium Boulevard to the centerline of Interstate 70, the point of beginning.

    SECTION 2.  The guidelines for the program are as follows:

    A.    The program is available to permanent City employees who have been continuously employed by the City for the 24 months immediately before applying and who have had no record of remedial actions taken against them in the 12 months immediately before applying.
    B.    This benefit shall be limited to the amount of appropriated funds made available by the council for this purpose.  Participants shall be selected on a “first come, first served” basis.
    C.    Assistance shall be in the form of a $5,000 loan to eligible employees to be used towards the purchase of a home in the targeted area.
        1.    The loan shall bear no interest.
    2.    The loan shall be forgiven at a rate of 20% per year for each full year the recipient continues City employment (retirees excepted) and continues to own and live in the home so purchased.

    SECTION 3.     The program shall be administered by the Department of Human Resources with assistance from the departments of Planning and Finance.
    
    SECTION 4.    Continuance of the program shall be contingent upon future appropriations in City budgets.

    SECTION 5.  This resolution replaces R 43-02, adopted on February 18, 2002.

    ADOPTED this 17th day of June, 2002.