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February 13, 2014

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Customer service above and beyond Journal photo by Gordon Weeks The Shelton Rotary Club recently awarded its annual Courtesy Clerks award to five local employees who were nominated by club members. The winners are, from row from left, Monica Deemer of Shelton Dental Excellence, Sharon Jacot of Advanced Chiropractic and Cathy Mattson of Walmart; and back row from left, Sam Opfer of Sage Bookstore and Bill Schrock of the Safeway Pharmacy. Divorces Jan. 24 Teresa I Rolden and Michael A. Rolden Jan. 27 Danielle Tarver and Leland Tarver Jan. 30 Tamatha Bridgette Baxter and Brian Michael Baxter Yvonne M. Trejo and Carlos Trejo- Hernandez Feb. 7 Barbara J. Huson and Michael S. Diaz Bill could make building apartments easier By NATALIE JOHNSON natalie@masoncounty.cora A bill working its way through the Legislature will encourage people to build affordable, multifamily hous- ing in the Belfair urban growth area (UGA), supporters say. "It would make builders or devel- opers more interested in building multifamily housing within the Bel- fair UGA," said Rob Drexler, real es- tate broker and co-owner of John L. Scott, Belfair. The bills would give builders an eight- or twelve-year property tax for new or rehabilitated construction of multiunit housing in urban growth areas with sewers in counties with only one city. Qualifying housing complexes will need to have at least four units and at least 20 percent of the units must be priced for low- to- moderate-income families. House Bill 2738, sponsored partly by Rep. Kathy Haigh (D-Shelton), was the subject of a House Finance Committee Monday and Senate Bill 6339 sponsored by Sen. Tim Shel- don, (D-Potlatch), was the subject of a hearing Monday at the Senate Ways & Means Committee. Both the House and Senate will need to approve the bill before it be- comes law. The tax exemption is available to builders in cities, but not to counties with under 350,000 population in un- incorporated areas, said Mason Coun- ty Commissioner Terri Jeffreys. Counties are not required to im- plement the tax exemption, Jeffreys said. "Should the bill pass then the county commission needs to identify residential targeted areas," she said. The Belfair UGA would likely be one of these residential targeted ar- eas, Jeffreys said. The tax exemption would en- courage people to build multifam- ily housing in the Belfair UGA, which would also lead to more hookups to the Belfair sewer, Jef- freys said. "There are at least three develop- ers that have said this tax incentive would make that difference for them," she said. Jeffreys said there is a shortage of multifamily affordable housing in Belfair. "Any property manager will tell you that all the housing that's avail- able for rental is out way in the out- skirts," Jeffreys said. "There is just no rental housing available in the ur- ban growth area." Drexler said people call his office frequently looking for rental hous- ing, but can't always afford to rent a house. "You can rent a two-bedroom house, which is all we have to rent (in Belfair), and that would cost you maybe $850 to $1,000," he said. However, a two-bedroom apart- ment might cost $500 to $650, Drex- ler said. Drexler said there are just over 50 units in multifamily complexes in the Belfair UGA. February is Children's Dental Health Month Seeking Qualified Help? Steven 1t. Bowers, DI)S 1426-1664 SHELTON ORTHODONTIC OFFICE PER_LOT ORTHODONTICS 120 East "1" Street/Shelton, WA 98584 (360) 427-0306 Hours: Thursday in Shelton 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Business Office Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 pro., Friday 8:00 a.m. to noon Call for a free consultation. 426.9711 Dr. William Busacca, DDS, PS Preferred Provider  DELTA DENTAL ,,vww, MySheltonDenfist.com Olympia Office 1415 Harrison Avenue NW, Suite 202, Olympia, WA 98502 (360) 786-1600 Robert L. Perlot DMD, MS I Oral sedation dentistry is the answer to all your fears. Schedule an appointment 1 today with your dental health professional (360 786- 60( www.PerlotOrthodontics.com Mason County Journa ! -Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 - Page A-9