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Unspent money for low-income residents was rolled into Kalamazoo County's next-year budget

Thousands of unspent dollars from 2017 - designed to fight poverty among Kalamazoo County residents - has been rolled over into the next budget year, Newschannel 3 has learned. (WWMT/File)

Thousands of unspent dollars from 2017 -- designed to fight poverty among Kalamazoo County residents -- has been rolled over into the next budget year, Newschannel 3 has learned.

County Commissioner Stephanie Moore, last week, had raised a red flag last week claiming that the money had been returned to the state because it was unspent. But documents obtained under the Michigan Freedom of Information Act show that the $260,000 in question was carried over.

The state-supplied money is granted to the county to support programs that help people with low incomes become more self-sufficient. he county's legal counsel said Moore's allegations of unused state dollars being sent back to the government every year are untrue.

Moore told Newschannel 3 she understands the county's clarification on the unspent money. But, she said, there shouldn't be any money left to carry over at any time because the need to help those in poverty is so great.

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