Gilbert Town Council candidates discuss housing problems

(COURTESY TOWN OF GILBERT)

By YourValley

Mario Chicas, account representative
“There are several factors at play that are affecting the housing shortage and housing affordability. The cost of supplies to build are extremely expensive due to factors outside of Gilbert government control. The homes are being built as fast as possible, and I expect that a market correction is coming, and that will help settle some of this craziness.”

Michael Clark, president of Digital Illustrations LLC & AW Sales LLC
“We will work the problem. Develop an endowment fund down payment program for city, police and fire. People can afford the mortgage but need the down payment to get in the house. Payment is returned upon sale or transfer. Offer a stipend. Stipends are not considered wages. Gilbert would not withhold income tax and not have to match Social Security as a payroll savings. Considered income, employees calculate and pay taxes on stipends, including Social Security and Medicare. A course correction in housing and rental markets will occur. I do not know when that day will come, but it will.”

Yung Koprowski, civil engineer, council member
“The town has been intimately involved in regional programs surrounding the topic of affordable housing. Through partnerships with AZCEND and Save the Family, Gilbert residents can receive emergency rental and utility assistance. More than 1,000 households have been served to date. The Community Engagement Task Force will also be exploring the topic of low income/homelessness in its efforts to identify gaps and solutions.”

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