winona logoEXCERPT: “Winona’s Housing Task Force will soon be sending recommendations to the Winona City Council, hoping to ratify a list of development tools and begin to meet the city’s housing challenges. The group had decided early in the summer to concentrate on workforce and affordable housing in multi-family, single-family and owner occupied units, and it has assembled a list of tools that can help developers meet that challenge. The options proposed for the city to use to promote development include the creation of Tax Increment Financing districts to leverage property tax money to subsidize development; allocating Local Government Aid and other funds; and waving or reducing building permit fees, land use fees, financial fees and other costs to developers. The group focused on local options to help fund development because it’s the easiest process to expedite.” FULLSTORY: