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Income survey planned in Fayette 2012.04.11

Written by David Green.

Fayette officials hope to use the village’s income status to their advantage when it comes to paying for sewer work. The first step is to prove to a state agency that income levels are below average.

Roberta Acosta of the Rural Community Assistance Program (RCAP) is organizing a village-wide income survey to determine if Fayette is eligible for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds from the Ohio Department of Development, as well as other low-interest loan and grant programs.

A sewer separation project—separating storm water from septic wastes—has been underway in phases since 1998 and council members voted in 2007 to tackle the remainder of the work in one project.

In order to complete the project in a manner that’s affordable for residents, funds must be secured from several federal and state agencies, Acosta wrote in a public notice. If the income survey shows that the village is eligible for CDBG money, up to $600,000 in grant funds could be made available.

Additional county funds also depend on the low-to-moderate status.

RCAP will handle all aspects of the survey and information provided by residents will be kept confidential. Data will be tabulated in the RCAP office in Toledo and will not be available to village officials. The income data will be used only to determine eligibility for state and federal funding.

A previous income survey was taken in 2006, Acosta said, but data must be updated every five years. In 2006, many residents didn’t respond to the survey and Acosta had to resort to knocking on doors to obtain information.

The importance of a response is crucial, she said, because only a random sample of addresses will receive the survey.

“If you receive one,” she said, “it’s really important that you send it back. In the end, it helps everyone.”

The survey is scheduled to be taken April 16-28. Less than five minutes should be needed to complete the survey. A pre-addressed, postage-paid envelope will be provided for the return of the survey.

For additional information, call Acosta at 419/724-4155 or Fayette’s interim village administrator Thomas Clemensen at 419/237-2116.

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