Wednesday, November 14, 2001

State official wants Olympics spending accounted for

By Dan Klepal
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The director of the Ohio Department of Development, which gave Cincinnati 2012 a $250,000 grant this year to further its effort toward hosting the Olympics, said his office will ask for an audit of the expenses claimed against the grant to make sure they are allowable.

        Director Bruce Johnson also said his office will expect any unused funds to be returned.

        Allowable expenses include printing, advertising and the like.

        “To the extent Cincinnati 2012 cannot show expenditures in accordance with the terms of the Grant Agreement, the Ohio Department of Development will seek a return of the undocumented funds,” Mr. Johnson wrote in a letter last week to State Rep. Tom Brinkman Jr., R-Cincinnati. “In addition, I will ask my Audit Office to schedule this grantee for an audit, which will further review the nature and amount of the expenditures.”

        Nick Vehr, president of Cincinnati 2012, said his office has just finished reviewing expenses that can be claimed against the $250,000 grant. There will be some money returned to the state, although Mr. Vehr declined to say how much until going over the expenses with the Department of Development.

        Gov. Bob Taft awarded the Queen City's Olympic effort a $500,000 grant this year, to be given out over this year and next. The first installment was given in October, but applies to expenses dating back to July.

        Mr. Johnson said the second $250,000 grant will not be given. That's to be expected, said Mr. Vehr.

        Cincinnati 2012 was told last month that it would not be a finalist among U.S. cities trying to win the 2012 Games.


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