November 26, 2009

updated: King County mishandled federal block grant spending

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Updated, a link to the wrong report was posted previously.

King County mishandled at least hundreds of thousands in federal money from a justice department block grant program, according to a recent report from the Washington State Auditor.

The county, Washington state’s most populous, misspent close to $400,000 of federal money and failed to meet numerous program requirements — inlcuding that the money be used for new spending rather than be used to offset budget cuts:

The county disputed some conclusions but agreed that the money had been misspent, but said it would seek retroactive approval  from the Department of Justice.

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