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Housing Authority of Joliet approves $31 million budget

JOLIET – The Housing Authority of Joliet board last week approved a $31 million budget, which includes money to deal with bedbug infestations.

The budget anticipates that HAJ will continue to get 85 percent of its funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, CEO Michael Simelton said.

"We've been at 85 percent for two years or so," Simelton said. "Other revenues come from rental income."

The budget provides funds to continue fighting bedbug infestations, although Simelton said that the situation is improving.

Chief Operating Officer Mark Jakielski last week said HAJ had spent $137,000 on bedbug extermination since October and expected to spend $205,000 through October 2018.

Simelton said he expected spending on bedbugs for the 2017-18 budget to be $120,000 based on success in combating the problem.

"Things have improved," he said.

At the peak of the problem, he said, HAJ had 120 units infested with bedbugs, and that is down to 20 units, Simelton said.

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