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Marshall County Council Approves Grant Ordinance

The Marshall County Council members approved the Marshall County Grant Approval and Administration Policy Monday morning.

Auditor Penny Lukenbill explained that all departments who apply for federal funds should file paperwork with her office to better report to the state board of accounts. The paperwork will include a detailed description of what the grant money will be used for and include a plan of spending. The council and commissioners will look over the paperwork and pre-approve the grant request and it can be filed on the federal level.

The state board of accounts requested that this be done so it can be better documented on what federal grants each department applies for and what the grant will be used for so the money can be tracked.

Lukenbill told the council that some administrators will not know how much the grant funding will be as some of the grants are reimbursement payments, such as the highway department. The county put up the money out front and then a reimbursement request is sent in where the money is sent in grant form to the county.

The council suspended the rules and approved the Marshall County Grant Approval and Administration Policy on all three readings. The ordinance is now in effect.