Stimulus Funding Report Not Public Yet

ROCKFORD (WIFR) – It’s still not clear how the city of Rockford spent more than $300,000 in federal stimulus funding. Tonight, Alderman were expected to release the results of an internal report, however it sounds like that study won’t be made public just yet.

The mayor was meeting with council members at 4:00 this afternoon to see if they had any more feedback on the report before it is released. That meeting is still in progress.

In July, federal auditors said they wanted $300,000 back from Rockford because the city couldn’t provide receipts for the expenditures.

The spending happened between May 2009 and September 2010 on programs to help revitalize the community. The mayor hasn’t said when the city might cut a check back to the feds, only that the city will reimburse whatever it owes.

The city was first informed in March that the feds were looking into how stimulus money was used. Again, it’s not clear why it’s taken this long to get resolved. One Alderman says it would be surprising if the report was released tonight.

In all, the city of Rockford received more than a million dollars from the Federal Recovery Act but only $300,000 of it is being questioned.

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