Johnson County's Commissioners have been discussing concerns that Deputy County Attorney Barry Crago has with a Community Developmentt Block Grant (CDBG) and its attached paperwork recently received on an application from the Buffalo Senior Center for a $13,000 study grant to be performed on the facility.
Specifically, Crago noticed an attachment from the Federal Government on the grant that could require the county to conform to the “Hatch Act,” which could, among other things, limit employee's political contributions and limit their ability to run for public office, according to Crago's interpretation of the attachment.
He has sought the opinion of a number of his legal counterparts who have said essentially “don't worry about it,” which have raised some red flags with him.
Crago is currently waiting to hear an opinion from the State Attorney General's Office on the matter but has yet to hear back from them.
Crago had said the attachment may have been there all along and that he may just not remember seeing it, but he would like the opportunity ity to look into it further before the commission makes a decision one way or the other.
His opinion is that grants and other funds from the Federal Government may soon include these types of “requirements,” and that it may come down to local governments having to decide how much they are willing to give up in order to qualify for Federal funding.
The commission chose to give him another week to look into the matter and report back to them at this week's commissioner's meeting.