MOUNT VERNON — A 16 percent cut in Community Development Block Grants was announced by Amy Shocken with CDC of Ohio on Thursday morning in a public hearing at the Knox County Commissioners Office. Administered through the Ohio Department of Development, these grants are used to aid townships and villages within each county in construction and improvement projects.
Shocken said the state is unsure at this point as to how the cuts will play out, whether Knox County will see a straight 16 percent cut or if there will possibly be the elimination of various programs. “They do want to keep core programs while some may go away,” said Shocken. “We would have to have our county proposals determined and then plunk the money in place when it’s received.”
All funded projects have to benefit lower- to moderate-income families or eliminate slums and are usually updated each year. They can be used for planning studies and social service projects.