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US audit says Ohio city didn't oversee program

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — An audit says Toledo officials failed to properly oversee a program that gave out federal taxpayer money for home repairs.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's audit says Toledo should be forced to give back at least $82,000 in grant funding.

The findings say officials with the Toledo Municipal Court didn't follow rules while distributing the money and that the city failed to watch over contractors handling the repair work.

The audit also says the city gave money to help homeowners who weren't eligible.

Toledo Municipal Court Judge C. Allen McConnell, one of the administrators over the program, told The Blade ( ) newspaper in Toledo that he disagreed with the findings.

He says Toledo's department of neighborhoods had signed off on how the program was operated.

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