At last nights city council meeting the NSP program brought up by Ray Muskat. Mr. Muskat asked did the city get any NSP money? “NO”, the mayor goes on to ask the comptroller to get up and let us all know the reason why. Why we are not going to be getting any money now. Well the new reason is someone reported us to HUD, and they red flagged us so, we will not be seeing any money any time soon. That is what the comptroller said last night October 26 2010 now let us take a step back. Months ago city told in two weeks we would get some money back. Long before this audit, and red flagging. For Over one year, the city has been spent money close to 800,000.00 to date. Nothing has come back… long before someone reported the city to HUD. First it was Sara then it was Jason now the reason is ” the city reported to HUD”. Can we just stop the bull for one second over ONE YEAR and no money. No, Mr. mayor that is not justification for not getting the money back. Mayor your decisions are the reason this city is out $800,000.00. The rest of the 1.6 million has been committed. Can the cities budget manage this? I do not think the city can. I have looked at the budget, from what I see there is no way we can keep spending taxpayer money. The city can not keep spending on this program without getting money back the way the program was designed.
Redford, Livonia, and Dearborn are running remarkably successful NSP programs money going out, and money coming back. All of these city’s NSP grant programs are ran by qualified people in departments that are already set up to handle such things. Why not Dearborn Heights why is this program , not in the CEDD, (community and economic development department)?
An audit, that led to the city getting red flagged well this is not a big surprise. This program has not been in compliance from the moment the mayor signed it without the approval of the city council. Rule number one violated. The council’s been gagged and tied with fear of losing money. When the council tries to get to the bottom of this. They are met with veiled threats that the city will loss the money if something is said. Do not rock the boat we will not get the money back if you say something. Maybe now with the state taking apart the running of this program. Maybe we will eventually find out the real reason why this has happened.