Proposed cuts to CDBG program worries Utah leaders

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  • tabuno Clearfield, UT
    March 2, 2011 6:59 p.m.

    The irony about cutbacks in social service programs under the Community Development Block Grant Program is that the primary purpose of the CDBG Program was never to provide such services but to focus on investing in a community's infrastructure, capital projects such as housing, roads, parks, building rehabilitation (senior citizen centers). Another fascinating political funding football, CDBG has alway had to straddle the fence between funding public works projects that sometimes were no different than a community's ordinary public works projects funded by local property taxes. Hopefully should CDBG funds get cut back, the local governmental entities, counties, and the State who make the final decisions on how these funds are allocated will continue to fund those low-income programs that would not exist without such funding and reclaim the responsibility of funding the other major capital improvement projects that they were ordinary carry out anyway.