Block grant funds, bidding procedures top council agenda
Proposals to set funding categories for next year's Community Development Block Grant funds and to increase the funding level that triggers competitive bidding requirements for city expenditures will top the agenda when the City Council meets today.
The meeting, which includes a session of the City Transit Trust, will begin at 6 p.m. in the auditorium of Lawton City Hall, Southwest 9th and C.
The City Planning Commission gave its unanimous recommendation in early April to the proposed expenditures of $663,022 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and $329,952 in HOME Investment Partnership allocations that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development expects to allocate to Lawton in the next federal fiscal year. City officials said the allocations represent a slight increase in funding over the existing fiscal year: CDBG allocations are down slightly, while HOME allocations are up slightly.
Fewer CDBG dollars means Lawton also has fewer dollars to allocate to the public entities that offer services to low-income residents. Under HUD guidelines, cities may allocate only 15 percent of their total CDBG monies to community service organizations and for Lawton, that means seven local entities will be sharing $99,453 next year.