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Cities Planning Budgets Amid Grant Uncertainty
Written by Nicole Porter
Last updated on March 04, 2013 @ 8:04PM
Created on March 04, 2013 @ 6:23PM
 
Last week we told you that congress made no deal on the sequestration issue and that federal cuts could be expected in the next few months. One big loss across the board would be department of justice funding. Locally plenty of police departments rely on
funds from that aspect of the government.
 
Clarksburg City Manager Martin Howe said the city council is trying to take a conservative approach while they're preparing the budget, knowing that some money they're used to may not be there when the new fiscal year begins.    
 
Clarksburg receives money from the department of justice through grants. The main one is the funding of the school's prevention
resource officers. Right now, Clarksburg has officers at Liberty and Robert C. Byrd high schools, the Alternative Learning Center and Mountaineer Middle. Some of their pay does come through a Division of Justice Grant; however, council realizes this may not be available to them with the sequestration. That's why their building a few provisions into their budget. They have enough money in their general account that they could give it to the police department if certain grants aren't available. So, it will be set aside in the budget for that. However, there is a provision that if these grants are available, the extra money in that police department budget will go
back to a contingency fund.

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