Will the budget be 1.1 million short? Take the out standing $300,000.00 not paid from the state for the NSP grant, and the other $800,000.00 that has been committed and that puts us 1.1 million in a deficit. I do not see how the administration is not going to show that one it is a negative on the budget and it has to be carried over to this new budget. That is just one other thing to pile on as if there is not enough to worry about. I’m just wondering how the city will be able to take out of an every shrinking budget another $800,000.00 and wait to get it back for another year and a half.
While we are on the subject of NSP many of you will be very happy to hear that the NSP grant program is finally going back to the Community and Economic Development Department on May 1. It should have never left there in the first place, but that is neither here nor there it is going back to people who know how to run this type of grant. I hope that there will be less spent on administering the grant by a third-party the city is already over budget. There is 10% allowed for administration of the grant so what ever is spent now on administering the grant will come out of the city budget. This time I hope that the city’s building department will be doing all of the inspections considering our building director made it very clear that he did not do the rough inspections on the last group of homes and was worried about how he was going to be able to pass the homes for final inspection.
So the NSP Grant has come full circle what started out as a very simple grant program to run, was taken from the department that have the know how to run this program. Put in the Mayors office to be run by a high school graduate like some kind of little game to play. Two years later something that should not have cost the city any money will now cost money out of the budget for the administration portion of the grant. Waiting unreasonable amounts of time to get money back from the state because things were not done on time or submitted with the right paper work.. There is still $300,000.00 outstanding to come in from the state and who knows how long that will be before the city gets those funds back. At any rate let us hope that the CEDD can run this grant better than it has been for the past 2 years.