LOS ANGELES -- A small tax-exempt bond sale in Washington State has provided the last piece of a financing puzzle, enabling a nonprofit organization to build a museum that also provides an. economic boost in a hard-hit timber community.

The $2.25 million financing was completed last week through the Washington State Housing Finance Commission's Streamlined Tax-Exempt Placement Program, which is commonly known as STEP. The program permits nonprofit organizations with small borrowing needs to obtain the lower interest rates available in the tax-exempt market.

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