LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) — The troubled city of Bell owes a state agency nearly $500,000 because of problems with the way it spent grant money.
The California Department of Parks and Recreation has ordered Bell to repay $481,176 by the end of the month. The Los Angeles Times says an audit found that the City Council hadn’t approved some contracts or failed to award them through competitive bidding. Some conflicts of interest were also found.READ MORE: No-Burn Order Extended Through Friday For Much Of Southland
The grants, which were awarded in 2003 and 2004, totaled $4.781 million.READ MORE: Parolee Aariel Maynor Arrested In Connection With Jacqueline Avant Killing After Shooting Himself In The Foot
It’s the latest bad news for Bell, which is facing a budget deficit of more than $4 million. Eight former city officials are charged with corruption for allegedly looting the city by taking exorbitant salaries, loans and perks.MORE NEWS: COVID Omicron Variant Detected In Vaccinated Minnesotan Who Traveled To NYC Anime Convention
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