Congressman Kingston Announces Interest Rate Drop For USDA Rural Development Water, Sewer Loans
Jack Kingston (R/GA-01) that interest rates will drop beginning October 1 for rural Georgia towns and governments applying for water and sewer loans through USDA Rural Development.
"This is an excellent program for our smaller communities who are in need of new water system infrastructure," said Congressman Kingston. "Repairs and replacement of septic systems can be an expensive venture and I urge those that may be eligible to apply."
There are three different rates available under the program -- market, intermediate and poverty. All rates are based on the Median Household Income (MHI) and its relationship to the non-metropolitan MHI for Georgia which is $44,159. Market rate is for communities with a MHI greater than $44,159 and this rate will decrease from 4.375 percent to 4.25 percent. The intermediate rate is available to applicants whose MHI is less than $44,159 and is dropping from 3.5 percent to 3.375 percent. The poverty rate in Georgia is available to communities with an MHI less than $35,327; these communities must also present evidence of health or sanitation issues that would be alleviated with the proposed project. The poverty rate is dropping from 2.625 percent to 2.5 percent.
Rural communities and small incorporated towns and cities not larger than 10,000 are eligible to apply; funds can be used for construction, land acquisition, legal fees, engineering fees, equipment and maintenance costs and any other cost deemed by Rural Development to be necessary for completion of the project.
For complete project information, visit the USDA Rural Development website or one of the area offices located in Tifton or Baxley for assistance with the application process.