BURNET, Texas (KXAN) — Buck long lives in Gatesville, Texas and has enjoyed steady work for more than a year.
“Have a home and provide food,” said Buck, “pay bills, you know, make a living.”
He usually has to stay overnight for work, but now the new ‘My Town’ job and home development project in Burnet will keep him working closer to home. The ‘My Town’ project was created by the city of burnet economic development office to stimulate more home building and create more jobs in Burnet. They city manager says the program has been successful so far.
“This year we’ve nearly doubled our building permits so far from this time last year” said David Vaughn, Burnet city manager. “So with the interest that we’ve seen from realtors and other builders in the industry we fully believe this program is going to be a success.”
The City of Burnet is currently waving residential building permit fees, tap fees and other start up fees totaling about $3,200. City leaders hope cutting start up costs will bring new residents who don’t mind the commute.
“In our community its fairly simple,” said Vaughn. “For one of the family members to have a job but often that second member has to commute and the housing is one of the biggest issues that we see here is that there’s not affordable housing going in.”
As for Buck, framing new homes in Burnet will put more cash in his pocket, without having to drive far from home.