State criticized for millions in unused grants

Posted on Wednesday, December 26, 2012 at 2:32 pm

Louisa County officials are willing to help the state put millions of unspent federal grants to good use.

Robert Dubé, county administrator, said he was surprised to learn that the state had not awarded more than one-third of grants it had received from 2008 through 2010.

Virginia’s handling of $90 million in homeland security grants was criticized after a recent federal audit discovered that the state has not used more than $38 million in grants.

Dubé said the county would like to use homeland security grants to replace its aging radio system.

“It’s going to be a multi-million dollar issue for us in the next three to four years,” Dubé said.

But homeland security grants, which are awarded to localities for public safety improvement, are restrictive in their uses and there is no grant specifically for the purpose of replacing entire radio networks, Dubé added.

To read the entire story, see the Dec. 27 edition  of The Central Virginian.

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