Lincoln County Commissioners today got a quick report on the top three biggest needs in Lincoln County. A special citizens committee did a “round-the-county” survey as to what citizens need the most. The needs were: reducing the loss of local workers who are finding out that there are fewer and fewer dwellings that are affordable – houses or apartments. 81% of citizens interviewed said they couldn’t find places to live due high rents. The school district reports up to 50 teachers a year quit their jobs because of the lack of affordable housing
The committee also learned that there is a great need for broadband internet service – not only for adults but for their children’s education. And lastly, child care is scarce and expensive.
The committee echoed what’s been on the street for years – no one seems to be building affordable housing anymore. Meanwhile, out of town investors and vacation rental companies are buying up what properties there are thereby making the housing situation even more difficult. Commissioners didn’t offer any words of encouragement on what to do next about the housing shortage.
In an era where it takes two working adults to support a family the committee pointed out that affordable child care is critical. The federal government has been involved with proposed tax deductions to get families affordable child care – in day care centers in the private sector or in child care services offered to casino workers.