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City of Findlay labeled ‘high risk’ for grant money

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FINDLAY, OH (Toledo News Now) -

It may be difficult for the City of Findlay to receive grant money for the next three years after being labeled a ‘high risk.'

Last summer, the city had to repay $144,000 in grant money for the reconstruction of Lincoln Street after it was discovered they were in violation of the requirements for the grant. Now, after an independent audit of the city's 2012 finances, Findlay has been deemed a high-risk recipient for grant money.

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) was returned to the Ohio Department of Development because the city broke ground for the Lincoln Street project before receiving environmental clearance.

The high risk label applies to all future CDBG funding the city may apply for over the next three years. Findlay will also have to add itself to a national repository of municipalities labeled as high risk.

The director of the Hancock County Regional Planning Commission says this is only a small additional hurdle for the city to cross when applying for future grants.

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