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Social service grants miscalculated by 40 percent
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County promises $80,000 too much

BY REBECCA PALMER

Clipper Editor

FARMINGTON — Davis County promised local service agencies such as the Family Connection Center and Bountiful Community Food Pantry about a third more than they will actually receive.

The planning department, which oversees distribution of the funds, had been working on the assumption that it would have $205,604 to distribute. In late January, according to Grants Administrator Greg Johnson, the department discovered that only $124,747 was available.

The funds in question are Social Service Block Grant funds, money from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The federal funds are distributed to programs that help communities achieve economic self-sufficiency and reduce dependence on local programs, all at the discretion of local officials.

“It was after the fact that we noticed we were going to receive about $80,000 less,” Johnson said. “It was just a miscalculation of the amount of funds С some spreadsheet or something that didn’t have all the numbers in correctly.”

The county had not yet distributed any of the funds, so won’t have to get reimbursements. Officials also decided to forego part of the money it had set aside for in-house operations.

Money for the other grant recipients was reduced proportionally, Johnson said.

“They all do great work in the county and we want to make sure we minimize the impact to them,” Johnson said. “We’ll make sure their impact is as little as possible.”

The county commission voted to approve new contracts with the affected agencies during its regular meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 26.

Commissioner Bret Millburn apologized to the affected agencies.

“I know this has an impact to them because these are a little lesser amounts than they predicted but I appreciate their willingness to work through this,” he said.

No one has been disciplined in the case, but the department has made changes to its policies and procedures in the hope of preventing any future problems.

“We’ve taken steps to make sure that we have more eyes on the projects as they go through so everything is double and triple checked,” Johnson said.

The County Commission granted control over these funds to the planning department, said Clerk/auditor Steve Rawlings. His office does not have oversight of these grants.

See the Feb. 28 edition of the Clipper for a chart of the amounts each agency was promised and the amount that group will now receive.

rpalmer@davisclipper.com

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