Commissioners return 2017 funds surplus to veterans agency

New legal fight over funding averted

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BY TOM GIAMBRONI
The funding dispute between Columbiana County commissioners and county Veterans Services appears to have been resolved before it landed in court for a second consecutive year.
The VSC ended the year with $54,063 in unspent funds, and after the books are officially closed on 2017, commissioners intend to take that money and give it back to the VSC. The expectation is the VSC will then drop plans to sue commissioners to obtain the additional $50,000 in funding it requested.
Commissioner Mike Halleck reported following Friday’s meeting this is what they intend to do to resolve the dispute with the VSC, which voted Dec. 5 to appeal the decision of commissioners to appropriate the agency $658,000 in 2018 instead of the $708,000 it requested.
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