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Posted by Ken Carlson on August 26, 2014
Stanislaus County supervisors approved an emergency loan program Tuesday for homeowners with dry wells, after amending the proposal to lower the income limit and removing a strict credit score requirement.
The county will make $200,000 available for low-interest loans to owner-occupied residential properties in unincorporated areas. With a cap set at $20,000 for each loan, the program could assist 10 homeowners at the maximum amount. More residents could benefit if the loan amounts are smaller.
Supervisors dropped the income limit for applicants to 150 percent of the county’s median income, or $83,322 a year. And homeowners won’t be required to have a 650 credit score, as originally proposed by staff. A review committee will consider other information, such as the property owner’s equity value, to determine whether applicants are able to repay the loans.
Posted by Ken Carlson on August 22, 2014
Stanislaus County leaders have agreed to eliminate a pay cut for an employee group and raise salaries in the final two years of the labor contract. The county will restore 60 percent of the pay cut for mid-level managers and supervisors this month and return the rest to their paychecks in July. In addition, the four-year contract provides for a 1 percent cost-of-living raise in July 2016 and 3 percent increase a year later.
Posted by Ken Carlson on July 18, 2014
There is only an outside chance for success. But some Valley officials want to make the effort of competing for the Tesla Motors battery factory.
Posted by Ken Carlson on July 11, 2014
The percentage of Americans who lack health insurance dropped to an all-time low of 13.4 percent after the first Affordable Care Act enrollment period, according to a Gallup and Healthways survey.
Posted by Ken Carlson on June 26, 2014
In Stanislaus County, voter turnout for the June 3 election was 26.4 percent, far lower than the four previous gubernatorial primaries going back to 1998. City elections and ballot measures are on tap for the November election.
Posted by Ken Carlson on May 30, 2014
Stanislaus County leaders are poised to hold discussions on the preliminary budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1. Labor talks will be a factor in balancing the next county budget