Albuquerque, NM, Jan 28, 2011 -- USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner traveled to the community of Llano Quemado, south of Taos today to help dedicate the newly constructed office building for El Valle de Los Ranchos Water and Sanitation District.
During the celebration, Brunner told the residents of the area, “This new building and the services it will provide to customers is an example of how USDA Rural Development is committed to providing rural communities like Llano Quemado with facilities and services which enhance the quality of life for those choosing to live in rural areas.”
The $499,000 loan/grant package made to El Valle de Los Ranchos Water and Sanitation District paid for the construction of the 2,000 square foot building which houses its administrative offices, a conference room and a file storage area. The construction of the building took 6 months to build.
The financial package to pay for the construction was made through Rural Development’s Community Facility Program which provides funding to build essential community buildings and to provide equipment needed to operate a community development project. The loan/grant package for this project is part of USDA Rural Development’s annual budget and was not funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Repayment of the 20 year loan is based on tax assessments, revenues, and fees collected by El Valle de Los Ranchos Water and Sanitation District from the 550 members and households it serves.
Rural communities that have 20,000 people or less can apply for this program to build similar public buildings and to purchase equipment such as police cars and fire trucks.
Information on this program can be obtained by calling any USDA Rural Development area office or by calling the USDA Rural Development State Office in Albuquerque at 505-761-4955.
USDA Rural Development’s mission is to increase economic opportunity and improve the quality of life for rural residents. Rural Development fosters growth in homeownership, finances business development, and supports the creation of critical community and technology infrastructure. Further information on rural programs is available at any local USDA Rural Development office or by visiting USDA Rural Development’s web site at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov