January 21, 2009 The Almont Downtown Development Authority made quite a sacrifice during these trying times for the benefit of the greater good.
The DDA agreed to forego for the next five years $36,000 in funds annually in voter-approved DDA capture through taxes for seniors, the Suncrest medical facility, Almont Township's new fire hall and the village's new water tower.
DDA Director Nancy Boxey says the decision was made in light of belt tightening by local municipalities during these lean times. A gesture of understanding and goodwill, foregoing the funds means the Almont DDA will have to pull the belt even tighter to accomplish its goal. We hope that their effort to benefit the greater community does not go unnoticed and may even inspire other entities to devise creative ways to accomplish goals while pinching pennies for the greatest value.
The Almont DDA stepped into the forefront of what we believe will be a growing and necessary spirit of cooperation and sacrifice in order for our communities to survive—and rebound from—today's faltering economy. Finding strength from within and multiplying that strength with numbers tips the scales in favor of recovery on a local level, which would benefit our communities where we need it most.