The city of Shreveport had a problem. It was about to lose $100,000 of federal funds because it had not spent the pre-allocated money. So, the city went looking for something to spend the money on.
The bureaucrats found it. A public housing facility suffered from mold. So, the city spent it on removing the mold. It spent $1.5 million. But the original estimate had been $100,000.
It turned out that the facility was being considered for demolition.
The city used money allocated for other federal projects to pay for the mold-removal.
The Feds are now insisting that the city return $1.1 million. This means that the Feds will have to write off $400,000.
The city is resisting the request. It needed every dime, the bureaucrats insist.
And so it goes.