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File #: 20-0966    Version: 1 Name: Resolution Directing the City Administrator to Develop a Plan to Review and Increase the Utilization of the Poverty Exemption Program
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 7/6/2020 In control: City Council
On agenda: 7/6/2020 Final action: 7/6/2020
Enactment date: 7/6/2020 Enactment #: R-20-268
Title: Resolution Directing the City Administrator to Develop a Plan to Review and Increase the Utilization of the Poverty Exemption Program
Sponsors: Christopher Taylor, Zachary Ackerman, Anne Bannister, Jack Eaton, Jane Lumm, Jeff Hayner

Title

Resolution Directing the City Administrator to Develop a Plan to Review and Increase the Utilization of the Poverty Exemption Program

Staff

Prepared by:                     Matthew V. Horning, Financial Services Area Administrator & Interim CFO

Reviewed by:                     Matthew Thomas, Assistant City Attorney

Approved by:                     Tom Crawford, Interim City Administrator

Body

Whereas, The City of Ann Arbor has adopted numerous resolutions that endeavor to increase housing affordability and improve social equity;

 

Whereas, Ann Arbor’s average for-sale home price is nearly $400,000.00, making home ownership unaffordable for households that earn less than $85,000.00 per year;

 

Whereas, Ann Arbor is home to low-income homeowners that struggle to remain in our community;

 

Whereas, The City of Ann Arbor has instituted a Poverty Exemption program that waives property taxes for residents living near the federal poverty line;

 

Whereas, Many residents are unaware of the Poverty Exemption program; and

 

Whereas, The Poverty Exemption program is likely underutilized;

 

RESOLVED, That the City Council directs the City Administrator to develop a plan to review and increase the utilization of the Poverty Exemption program. Ideas for such a plan could include:

 

1.                     Increase advertisement through multiple channels, such as the City of Ann Arbor website, water bills, tax statements, press releases, and AAATA ads;

2.                     Raise the income threshold to accommodate more households; and

3.                     Reduce the complexity of informational materials and application.

 

RESOLVED, That the City Council requests that the City Administrator, or a designee, meet with relevant stakeholders, such as the Housing and Human Services Advisory Board (HHSAB), in developing this plan; and

 

RESOLVED, That the City Council directs the City Administrator to deliver this plan by December 31, 2020.

 

Sponsored by:  Mayor Taylor and Councilmembers Ackerman, Bannister, Eaton, Lumm, and Hayner