Federal windfall bolsters Davis County budget

Thursday , March 06, 2014 - 12:14 PM

Bryon Saxton

FARMINGTON — An unexpected $67,000 boost in Davis County’s Community Development Block Grant funding for the 2013-14 fiscal year will be shared among service agencies.

The county commission received word of the federal windfall on Tuesday.

The amount of CDBG money the county had been expecting to receive from the Department of Housing and Urban Development was $720,000, 5 percent less than what it had received the previous fiscal year because of the ongoing sequestration, county officials said.

But rather than lose federal funds to sequestration as projected, the county gained 6 percent more, pushing its total for this upcoming fiscal year to $787,000, said Greg Johnson, Davis County CDBG coordinator.

Johnson said because of the windfall the county has additional funds it needs to allocate.

A spending plan for the additional federal funds will be brought before the commission later, he said.

CDBG funds are set aside for those projects or organizations serving low- to moderate- incomes.

Most of the grant money Davis County will receive will be shared with organizations offering emergency food and housing assistance.

Regardless of the windfall, the CDBG dollars fall far short of covering the more than $1.5 million in requests made by Davis County organizations.

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