Olmsted County passes new HRA levy

Olmsted County entered a new era Tuesday in its efforts to curb an affordable housing crisis in the community.

Olmsted County entered a new era Tuesday in its efforts to curb an affordable housing crisis in the community.

With a resolution unanimously approved Tuesday, the Olmsted County Board of Commissioners assumed new duties as the Olmsted County Housing and Redevelopment Authority, and the county board also expressed its intent to levy a new property tax in 2016 to support housing efforts.

Legislation approved in the Minnesota Legislature’s special session earlier this month gave the authority for the county board to replace the members of the current seven-member housing and redevelopment authority.

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“I see it as a dawning of a new era for the county board. It’s a major decision,” said county board chairman Paul Wilson.

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