IHA will join lawsuit

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September 27, 2012 - 12:00 AM

Iola Housing Authority will join a class action lawsuit that may lead to it recovering reserve funds it has lost and will lose in the months ahead.

Carol Ross, executive director of Iola Housing Authority, told the Register Wednesday afternoon Iola’s Community National Bank contributed $1,000, half of what IHA needed to participate in the lawsuit. Allen County commissioners agreed Tuesday to provide the first $1,000, if another entity would pony up the remainder.

The local housing authority, which manages 198 units in two townhouses and duplexes, normally maintains reserve funds equal to 10 months of its operating budget. The Department of Housing and Urban Development ordered that cut to six months, or $324,000 of IHA’s $648,000 operating budget. 

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