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Marysville seeks public input on Community Development Block Grant Jan. 24

MARYSVILLE — The city of Marysville already solicited input from citizens regarding a federal Community Development Block Grant program on Jan. 10, but it's not too late for members of the public to have their say on which community development needs the city should prioritize for this year through 2016.

The next public meeting on the Community Development Block Grant will take place before the city Planning Commission on Tuesday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m. in the City Council Chambers in Marysville City Hall, and city of Marysville Senior Planner Chris Holland invites citizens to contribute their thoughts, not only on what they see as the city's most critical needs, but also their ideas about possible strategies and potential barriers to addressing those needs.

With its annexation putting its population north of 50,000, Holland explained that the city of Marysville could receive $218,016 in federal funds in 2012 under this program, which HUD awards for community development activities directed toward revitalizing neighborhoods, economic development and providing improved community facilities and services, principally for low- to moderate-income individuals and neighborhoods.

Of its expected funds for this year, Holland stipulated that a minimum of 65 percent, or $141,710.40, would have to be allocated to facilities and infrastructure, while a maximum of 15 percent, or $32,702.40, could be allocated to public services. A maximum of 20 percent, or $43,603.20, could be allocated toward administration. All of these activities must benefit areas that are primarily residential, where at least 51 percent of the residents are low- or moderate-income.

For more information, contact Holland by phone at 360-363-8207 or via email at cholland@marysvillewa.gov.

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