Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Help state decide where to spend $199 million

Posted By on Tue, Aug 5, 2014 at 12:21 PM

click to enlarge Manitou floods made a mess. - BRADLEY FLORA
  • Bradley Flora
  • Manitou floods made a mess.

If you're anything like me, the biggest financial decisions you make are at the grocery store.

Boring.

Wouldn't it be a lot more fun to budget, say, $199 million? Well, good news. The state needs help deciding how to allocate an additional $199 million in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. And it wants your input.

The money is intended to go to communities impacted by the 2013 floods, as well as by wildfires in 2012 and 2013. The funding is for needs not addressed by other federal programs, but could go to many areas, such as housing, infrastructure, economic revitalization, agriculture, planning and watershed restoration.

To give your input, go to the state’s meeting on August 11 at 6 p.m. at Manitou Springs City Hall, 606 Manitou Ave.

You may also submit comments before August 30 by emailing dola_recovery@state.co.us.

Happy budgeting.

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