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City finds unused money; council lifts transfer restriction

The Evansville City Council has approved spending more than $1 million in “found” money. 


After two years of combing through previous years budgets, city officials found a little more than $1 million in unused federal grant money for local non-profits.

The council approved sending the money to a number of not-for-profits for projects, including eleven METS bus shelters, a walk-in freezer at the Tri-State Food Bank, a basement firewall at United Caring Services, and renovations to Liberty Terrace Apartments – which mostly houses senior citizens.

The council voted 8-0 for the allocations, with Councilwoman Connie Robinson not in attendance.

In other action, the City Council undid last year’s restriction over cash transfers the mayor's administration could make with Riverboat, Rainy Day, and other city funds.

The money will move to a general account that's used to pay bills

The City Council does not have to approve each transfer, but the new ordinance requires that the mayor's administration notify the council within 20 days of making one.