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Both house homeless people learning life skills

The Albany City Council voted unanimously this week to exempt two properties owned by the Albany Partnership for Housing and Community Development from paying city property taxes.

The properties that were acquired and rehabilitated with the help of the Community Services Consortium are at 515 Geary St. S.E. and the duplex at 1680-1682 Oak St. S.E.

The residences are available to Albany’s homeless that are trying to redirect their lives, according to information provided to the council by Anne Catlin, a planner. Those staying at the locations are educated about parenting, budgeting and other life skills.

The property taxes lost annually to the city for both sites are estimated at $2,050.

The partnership also will seek an exemption from the Greater Albany Public School District.

In 1993, the city and the school district adopted provisions allowing qualifying properties and owners to submit a yearly application for property tax exemptions.

To qualify, the project must be owned by a nonprofit exempt from federal income tax and be occupied by low-income residents.

Over the years, the council has by resolution exempted properties owned by the Partnership at Songbird Village, Periwinkle Place and ParkRose.

In other business, the council:

• Authorized police Chief Ed Boyd to continue the department’s vehicle leasing contract with Wire Works in Salem. The contract also provides for the company to outfit and maintain the vehicles. The contract goes through April 1, 2014, with the option to extend for three additional one-year terms through April 1, 2017.

• Approved liquor licenses for Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar on Geary Street and K-1 Chinese Restaurant on Hickory Street.

• Appointed Javier Cervantes to the human relations commission.

• Learned the proposal to ask voters to annex properties at 212 and 215 Expo Parkway N.E. at the Knox Butte RV Park had been postponed, probably until next spring.

• Set meeting dates to work around the holidays in November and December.


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