Date Published: April 2019
Legal proceedings costs such as the salaries of hearing officers and attorneys may only be paid with CDBG funds to address issues raised by the code enforcement inspections that were CDBG-assisted. Hearings are scheduled to ensure that property owners receive due process if they challenge the citation or fine assessed. CDBG funds may be used to pay the costs of the hearing. For example, the salaries of the hearing officers may be paid with CDBG funds proportionate to the time they spend hearing and deciding the appeals from code enforcement citations or fines resulting from CDBG-assisted code inspections and enforcement expenses. If grantees pay legal fees to an attorney as part of the proceedings, they may use CDBG funds to pay the legal fees allocable to CDBG-assisted code enforcement. Note that a defendant's legal costs are not eligible costs.