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ON THIS PAGE:  the City of Lewisville CDBG program...


Some Starting points that you should review.  Understand what it says, read it.  I believe that we need to get government out of using Tax money (local or federal) for what should be private transactions.

  • Is the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program a bad thing?
    • Overall I believe that Government should not be bailing out organizations or funding them.  There are some organizations that we should contract with IF and ONLY IF they save the government money where personnel would have to be hired to provide a NECESSARY service.
    • Spending Tax dollars on what should be private transactions.  Should the tax payers be spending public money (tax dollars) to fix up privately owned homes?  2011-2012 alone… Up to $185,000 total for up to $30,000 on selected homes.  Shouldn’t this be spent on Tax payer funded projects?  Then another $150,000 of public money for first time home buyers to get up to $11,000 for their down payments?  Again, should this money be spent on private transactions?  NO!

    • I do not think I have been too critical on the CDBG program.  Even the HUD supplement limits 15% to social Services.  However, 100% of that money can be spend on Streets and curbs to help fund other City Projects.   In a nutshell, there are only a few social programs that I can see we help in funding.  For Example, the social services that provide a service to multiple jurisdictions that saves us money because we would have to hire many people to do that function. It is a great example of a Public-Private Partnership.  I think we need to wean the others off the tax payer dole and they should be self sufficient - especially if they have income revue from their stores and donations.  They need to operate in the budget they can raise.



07-19-2010:

  • Lewisville City Council Meeting 07-19-2010:
    • 07:00 PM, Regular Council Meeting.  Please look over the Agenda - Short Version or the Long version with backup material.  Please look over the long version which has some backup material that might peak your interest.
      • PUBLIC HEARING: Consideration of a Resolution Authorizing the Adoption of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) 2010 Annual Action Plan; and Authorization for the City Manager to Submit the Plan to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.  (pages 24 to 75 of the Long Version of Agenda).

        After Meeting Comments:  Here is a basic summary of my comments in the meeting which can be viewed on the City website. “The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is a flexible program that provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs.”

        • We received from HUD $635,106
        • Left over from last year at $134,743
        • For a total of CDBG money at $769,849
        • PLUS another $170,000 from the general fund for Social Services.  This is separate from the CDBG money but added to the CDBG budget.
        • Total of $939,849 (CDBG and General Fund)

             Our limitations for CDBG portion of the money (which is $769,849) are basically the following but there is a large amount of regulations, etc...:

        • Low/ mod income areas
        • Category I:  Infrastructure (we can spend 100% in this category)
        • 0 to 15 % CAP on Category II: Public Service Activities, which is $95,265
        • 0 to 20% Cap on Category III:  Planning and Program Management, which is $127,021.

             I Voted NO on this because I object to how the money is being spent in 'Category I:  Infrastructure', which is also called the “Bricks & Mortar” part of CDBG.  I do not think that Tax dollars should go to private transactions like the $150,000 that is being allocated to the private sale of 13 homes in the First Time Home Buyers Program.  And another $185,000 to make 'weatherizing' improvements to 5 homes.  That is a total of $335,000 to private transactions and private property improvements.  My solution?  I think we should spend the money on tax payer funded infrastructure projects and fix the streets/curbs/etc in these neighborhoods so that people will want to move into the neighborhood and invest in a home.  (I was the only council member that voted No and the Item passed.)
              A comment about Category II: Public Service Activities.  THESE ARE ALL GOOD PROGRAMS AND they ALL serve the community.  I encourage citizens to donate privately to the charity and non-profit organization of their choice.  I am not complaining about this category at all.  I did suggest that NEXT YEAR we look at the programs a little closer (our fiduciary responsibility).  Do we need to have some of these programs on a yearly stipend?  Especially when they have a sufficient revenue stream?  Maybe we do and maybe we don't - I really do not know.  Every organization will use the money if they receive it.  We should always be there to help in times of crises as they do serve the community.  They are independent companies, most (or all) are non-profits, and the services are contracted as stipulated per CDBG requirements.
             As mentioned above, we also took $170,000 from the general fund too.  Though I did not know it at the time, the City Manager wrote in the Preliminary Budget for 2010-2011 on page 16 that his intention "is to gradually reduce this further each year, if possible. When funding was first started by the City in the early 80’s, it was never intended to be permanent, and was supposed to be 'seed' money. In an environment of service cutbacks, this line will be among those that may have to be scrutinized more closely."
             Some of these programs are extremely vital and save the city money because of their multi-jurisdictional operation.  Without these organizations, each city would have to hire full time employees and create departments to provide these services.  Several high profile examples are:

        • CACDC - Chidren’s Advocacy Center for Denton County
        • CASA - Court Appointed Special Advocates
        • Denton County Friends of the Family Victim Services
        • and others..

             Though I do not really have any companies in mind that we should wean off the tax payer yearly stipends, the CDBG committee did not allocate any funds this year to:

        • Boys and Girls Club - After School & Summer Care Program
        • Knight Light Charities-Financial Crises Center

             And finally, I want to say that I do appreciate the time and effort of the citizens on the CDBG board.  It is a tough board to be on and I do appreciate their time and service.
             An Article about the meeting in the Lewisville Leader, Click Here to View.



10-04-2010: 

  • Lewisville City Council Meeting on 10-04-2010:
    • 6:00 PM, Workshop Session. As Usual, this is an open meeting and I encourage you to attend.
      • Review of Solid Waste Service Options
      • Discussion of Regular Agenda Items and Consent Agenda Items
    • 07:00 PM, Regular Council Meeting.  Please look over the Agenda - Short Version or the Long version with backup material.  Please look over the long version which has some backup material that might peak your interest.  Here are a few that I think you might want to know about:
      • Item 12. Consideration of Revised Program Guidelines for the City of Lewisville’s First-Time Homebuyer Assistance Program.
        • Comments:  Though I voted against the First Time Home Buyers Program on 07-19-2010 because "I do not think that Tax dollars should go to private transactions", it was passed and we must move forward.  This vote is for changes to the Guidelines submitted by the CDBG committee which are listed in detail in the Long Version of the Agenda starting on page 120.


06-20-2011:  Lewisville City Council Meeting on 06-20-2011:

  • WORKSHOP SESSION – 5:45 P.M.
    • A. Review of Recommended Housing Guidelines for CDBG Housing Rehab Program (See Pages 11-28).
  • 07:00 PM, Regular Council Meeting.  From the  Long version with backup material
    • ITEM 9. Consideration of the FY 2011-2012 Community Development Block Grant Budget (CDBG) in the Amount of $717,942; and Acknowledge Receipt of the Recommended FY 2011-2012 City Social Service Agency Fund Budget of $170,000 From the Community Development Block Grant Advisory Committee.
      • AFTER MEETING COMMENTS:  My views have not changed since last year. See more from 07-19-2010... But I do want to add a comment since the Article came out in the paper on 06-22-2011... The quote was not exact but close enough.  I spoke to the reporter for about 15 minutes the day after the meeting. The Rehab of houses was NOT the only problem I had with the budget but the main one did concern spending tax dollars on private transactions - most of Category I.  There are other issues I have with what was presented but I will not go into here.  There are some good things but passing bad things so that good things can go through is what has gotten this Country in the mess that it is in now.  If it had failed, it would go back to reflect the needed changes.
             I  wished the reporter talked about the return on investment issue. At $10K, that is $44 per year we get in city property taxes - if the property increases that much in value - 227 years before we get that back in the increased value. Even at a super over-exaggerated expectation of 10 times the return, it will still be more than 22 years before we get the money back from property taxes at 44 cents per $100 which is the current City tax rate . What will happen when the next storm comes and damages the roof? Will they have money to keep it up then also? People buy houses to fix them up to live in or resell them.  I also think we are just giving money away to delay what will happen when it decays again. We should be spending that money on Tax Payer funded projects like streets and not on privately owned property or private transactions.
             The argument was presented that it was Federal Money and not Tax money.  Semantics aside, we all will be paying from our federal taxes on this BUT since it could be spent on Tax Payer funded projects it thus becomes a direct tax payer money issue when we have to spend tax payer money on the projects that could have been paid for with this grant money.
             Oh, before I forget, we also took $170K out of the tax payer money to add to this budget.  See the proposed budget chart - I also added some minor comments in the yellow note symbols.  On this chart, you will see other areas that I am not in favor.  For Example, giving $35K to a Day Stay business for a bathroom renovation and patio installation.  Renovating meeting rooms and Offices for CCA at about $230K.
    • ITEM 10. Consideration of Program Guidelines for the City of Lewisville Housing Rehabilitation Program.
    • OTHER COMMENTS:



07-18-2011:  Lewisville City Council Meeting on 07-18-2011:

  • WORKSHOP SESSION – 6:30 PM
    • Discussion of Regular Agenda Items and Consent Agenda Items
  • 07:00 PM, Regular Council Meeting.  Please look over the Agenda - Short Version or the Long version with backup material.  Please look over the long version which has some backup material that might peak your interest.  Here are a few items that I think you might be concerned about or just want to know about:
    • ITEM C. PUBLIC HEARING: Consideration of a Resolution Authorizing the Adoption of the Community Development Block Grant 2011 Annual Action Plan Including Amendments to the CDBG-R Recovery Act Allocation; and Authorization for the City Manager to Submit the Plan to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.


12-06-2011:  SPECIAL CDBG MEETING



06-04-2012:

  • Lewisville City Council Meeting:
    • 6:30 PM - WORKSHOP SESSION - Discussion of Regular Agenda Items and Consent Agenda Items. This is a regularly scheduled open meeting. If you come late, just enter quietly...
      • A. Discussion of Regular Agenda Items and Consent Agenda Items
    • 07:00 PM, Regular Council Meeting. Please look over the Agenda - Short Version or the Long version with backup material.  Please look over the long version which has some backup material that might peak your interest.  Again, I only list items that I think would be of a greater interest to some of you regular readers.

      PUBLIC HEARINGS:

      • 1. Public Hearing: Consideration of Amendments to the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) 2011 Annual Action Plan; the 2009 Milton Street Improvements Project; and the CDBG-R Recovery Act Allocation Projects.


08-06-2012

  • Lewisville City Council Meeting:  ITEM 2. Public Hearing: Approval of a Resolution Authorizing the Adoption of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) 2012-2017 Consolidated Plan, Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice, and 2012 Annual Action Plan; and Authorization for the City Manager to Submit the Plans to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. (see pages 38-399 of the long Agenda).


10-01-2012:

  • 07:00 PM, Regular Council Meeting. Please look at info which starts on Page 111 of the Long version with backup material.
    • ITEM 7. Approval of a Resolution Authorizing Agreements Between the City of Lewisville and Community Development Block Grant Sub-Recipients; Between the City of Lewisville and City Social Service Agency Fund Recipients; and Between the Economic Development and Planning Department and Public Services Department for FY 2012-2013; and Authorization for City Officials to Execute the Agreements.
      ADMINISTRATIVE COMMENTS: The City of Lewisville, a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Entitlement City submitted its 2012 Annual Action Plan as required by HUD to receive Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. A contract is forthcoming from HUD and funds will be appropriated soon for FY 2012-2013. Additional funds are allocated from the General Fund.


12-04-2012:  CDBG Special Meeting.

  • Grant input meeting set for 12-04-2012, the City of Lewisville will receive approximately $557,000 from the federal Community Development Block Grant program in 2013. CDBG funds must primarily be used to assist low- and moderate-income persons, households or areas with housing programs, community and economic development, or social services. The city’s CDBG Advisory Committee will hold a public hearing to receive input from residents on potential projects and needs. The meeting will be Tuesday, 12-04-2012, 6:30 p.m., at Lewisville City Hall, 151 W. Church Street. For questions or comments, contact Sheena Jackson at 972.219.5026.
    • Pre-Meeting Comments:  The above statement was sent in an email by the Communications director.  I just repeat here for your information.  I encourage you to see where I stand on CDBG by reading this page carefully.


11-19-2013:  Public Meetings:  According to the CDBG Flier, that was incredibly hard to find, it says, "The City has approximately $591,000 to spend next year on Housing and Community Development needs for low- and moderate- income households and neighborhoods, so please join the CDBG Advisory Committee to share and discuss the needs in our community!"  and you know I think the money should be spend on  Streets and Curbs where it can alleviate such City Projects.



 


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