Troubled City May Not Match Federal Grant

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Officials in a financially struggling southern
Nevada city have some math to do before accepting a federal grant
that Democratic U.S. Sen. Harry Reid says could preserve up to 14
police jobs.

The $1.75 million grant announced Monday for North Las Vegas
comes from the Community Oriented Policing Services office of the
Justice Department.

While police Sgt. Tim Bedwell says the department is excited
about the money, accepting COPS Hiring Program money may require
the city to contribute more than $3 million in matching funds.

Bedwell and city spokeswoman Juliet Casey say that'll be up to
the City Council.

The council recently authorized the city manager to declare a
state of emergency and suspend municipal contracts due to financial
woes in a city with widespread unemployment, foreclosures and
bankruptcies.


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