Turner says Dayton mismanaged federal funds, wants detailed plan

Dayton City Manager Shelley Dickstein. CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF
Dayton City Manager Shelley Dickstein. CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF

U.S. Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, has turned up the heat on the city of Dayton to address what he says was the loss and mismanagement of important federal funds.

A week ago, Turner sent the city a letter saying he was concerned that it lost nearly $477,000 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that was supposed to help create affordable housing in the city.

Earlier this year, the Dayton Daily News broke the story that the city forfeited the funding for failing to meet certain deadlines.

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Today, Turner issued another letter in which he says he met with HUD officials who indicated that the city’s mismanagement and failure to complete federal reporting requirements was not a “one-time issue, but in fact an ongoing problem,” according to his letter.

Turner requested the city to provide a detailed plan on how it plans to “address the mismanagement” of HUD funds.

“Since HUD has raised its concerns with my office, I must ensure that the city of Dayton is taking accurate steps to protect all HOME funds,” his letter states.

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Last week, Dayton City Manager Shelley Dickstein issued a statement saying HUD determined that two of the city’s 2012 HOME projects, which were contracted with developers in 2014, did not meet the contract deadline date, though the city commission approved the contracts before the commitment deadline.

She said the city was not required to repay funds and the two projects were completed successfully.

At last week’s commission meeting, Dickstein said HUD has suspended the two-year commitment deadline requirement for its HOME program for 2016 to 2019 because the agency recognized the challenges it posed.

We have reached out to the city today and will update this story when we get a response.

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