Council Committee Investigates Housing Grants

by scrosby on July 21, 2008

The Louisville Metro Council has started investigating some housing grants that recently came under scrutiny during the city’s budget process. Some council members questioned almost 20-million dollars worth of housing grants that seemed to have been misused.

The Council’s government accountability committee met on the issue for the first time today. An external audit report from Strothman and Company found some weaknesses in the city’s housing department. Specifically, the audit discovered some federal funds had been spent from the city’s general fund, and the reimbursement forms had not been properly filed.

Metro Louisville chief financial officer Jane Driskell says the Finance Department has since taken over those responsibilities.

“Housing manages their own grants. We are now participatory in the draw-down. The actual drawing-down money from the federal government. That is the one step we have taken an active role in for this department,” says Driskell.

The committee work has just begun and in the coming weeks, they’ll hear from an internal auditor, and the director of housing. The next meeting should be in early August.

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