By JOSH BACHMANETTIAssociated PressPublished Feb 17, 2018 04:58:58Alameda, California (AP) The roofing of an apartment complex in a San Francisco suburb may cost as much as $600 a month to install, and the homeowner is worried that the cost could become too much for her.
Roughly two-thirds of Alameda County is considered to be in arrears for payments due to the Bay Area Rapid Transit system.
The city is in arrens because the county has not paid $1.5 billion of the $3.6 billion in federal loans that the transit agency has made to cover its obligations.
In January, Alameda’s Public Works Department received a $1 million federal grant to cover up to $900 million of arrearages on the Bay Rapid Transit money.
The agency says it has a backlog of $600 million.
The arrearing costs will be passed on to tenants, but it’s unclear how many have taken advantage of the aid, said Joe Schilling, a spokesman for the city’s public works department.
The payments were made on June 9.
The arrearers are owed $1,200.
The $600 monthly bill could exceed $2,000 for the owner of the apartment, said Barbara Fournier, the owner.
She said the arrearer had to pay for repairs that included removing windows, a door and two metal shelves.
“I was hoping that it would be covered by this money, but I’m not sure if I can get the arborist to take care of it,” she said.
Fournier and others who work in the complex are hoping the federal loan will be made available in the future.
It is estimated that the arretrers will need to pay about $100 per month for up to 15 years, assuming the loans stay in place.
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