Tough feedback hit Macon City Council from the
One of the more significant findings was misspent HUD grant money. A problem that some council members believe will come back to hurt the city.
"Two years, two years, two audit years we spent over $500-thousand on non-allowables," said city councilman, James Timley.
Timley says the city could have to pay a million dollars back to the government because of mishandling federal grant money.
Miller Edwards worked on the audit for the city and says there are a number of findings related to grant money.
"The other 17 findings were federal program related. Meaning we had questions or concerns about controls that were in place or not in place relative to the federal awards program," said Edwards.
One of the findings cited that grant money was misspent by the Economic and Community Development department. The group spent money to maintain newly built public housing properties when the money was given to only construct the buildings.
"Obviously the department heads are just blatantly not understanding federal guidelines as to where the grant should be spent,” said Timley.
Edwards agrees and says better structure in finance management could help the city tremendously.
"You've got a lot of people here and a lot of different operational elements of the city. To avoid these kind of problems in the future you've got to have better people managing, maybe not better people but a better approach to managing those people," said Edwards.
It could be some time before the city knows whether or not it must pay back the grant money to the government.
"HUD could take a month, it could take a year, it could take years to make determinations. Unfortunately our federal agencies don't always react timely in making their determinations as to what's right or wrong with a program," said Edwards.
Councilman Timley says there could be more repercussions on the way linked to the cities' finances because money remains unaccounted for in this audit.