2011-6

RESOLUTION TO CONGRESS IN SUPPORT OF FULL FUNDING OF THE FEDERAL COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT BASED ON ITS BENEFIT TO THE CITY OF MARION WHILE RECOGNIZING THAT SOME CUTS IN THE PROGRAM BE CONSIDERED, BUT ONLY IF PART OF A FEDERAL FISCAL BUDGET PLAN THAT MAKES MEANING FULL REDUCTIONS IN ALL SECTORS OF THE FEDERAL BUDGET, AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY

WHEREAS, the President and Congress of the United States are now considering cuts in programs to balance the federal budget including the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, and

WHEREAS, the City of Marion has large numbers of low and moderate income residents needing improved housing, improved health, and better neighborhoods to raise their families, and

WHEREAS, the CDBG program has among other accomplishments:

1. Helped create 1,500 jobs within Marion City or immediately adjacent to the City through sewer and road extensions.
2. Assisted several hundred families by funding additional tenant based rental assistance vouchers in conjunction with Metropolitan Housing.
3. Funded hundreds emergency home repairs for very low income residences.
4. Assisted senior citizen housing, including Marion Towers and Marion Hotel Harding Senior Housing, which also saved a significant downtown Marion structure.
5. Provided start up funding to assist non-profit projects involving the Marion Free Health Clinic, Union Station, Marion Transit, etc.
6. Matched local business funding for downtown facade and roof projects.
7. Matched landlord funding for rental rehabilitation for new units for low income residents.
8. Provided the major funding for the Marion Recreation Center and City Park improvements.
9. Improved sidewalks in low income neighborhoods or for potentially low income residents walking to work, such as the sidewalk on Delaware Avenue to the Smith Clinic.
10. Provided funding for major neighborhood sewer, drainage and street rebuilding in low and moderate income areas, and

WHEREAS, in these difficult economic times, CDBG funds, are very successful and in much need, because they are required to be spent only to benefit low and moderate income residents and blight removal, but, they are flexible enough that local government, which knows its community best, can target the money where it will be most effective in their particular community, then

BE IT RESOLVED, by the Council of the City of Marion, Marion County, Ohio

Section 1. The City Council and City of Marion hereby resolves to support full funding for 2011, 2012 and future years for the federal COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT program and authorizes this resolution and other correspondence to Congress and the President of the United States to that effect.

Section 2. Notwithstanding Section 1. above, the City Council approves of Congress and the President working to balance the federal budget, including moderate reductions, if required, to the COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT program if those reductions are consistent with cuts to other domestic, military and entitlement programs as part of an overall effective fiscal plan, otherwise neither the benefits of this program nor the goal of deficit reduction will be realized.

Section 3. That this resolution is hereby declared to be an emergency measure necessary for the immediate preservation of the public safety of the City of Marion and the inhabitants thereof and for further reason that these issues are being debated now by Congress. This resolution shall take effect and be enforced immediately upon its’ passage and approval by the Mayor, provided it receives the affirmative vote of two thirds of all members elected to Council; otherwise it shall become effective from and after the earliest period allowed by law.

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Approved: Dave Edwards
President of Council

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Mayor Scott Schertzer

Attest:

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Clerk of Council