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DETROIT (WWJ) –The city of Detroit is still sitting on much of a pot of federal money meant to weatherize the homes of low income residents.  Detroit City Councilman Ken Cockrel, Jr. telling WWJ that he has requested a performance audit of the 33-million dollars in stimulus money the city received in 2009.

Cockrel says it’s not clear now if they risk losing the money if it’s not spent by a certain time. That’s why, he says, “city council is doing anything and everything to make sure the money does not go back to the federal government because their is definitely a need in the city of Detroit.”

Cockrel says he doesn’t know how much of the 33-million dollars have been spent.  He says “bottom line is we want to see this money spent for its intended use which is weatherizing homes in Detroit so that they can be more energy efficient.”

The audit should begin sometime this Spring.

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