Laurel could lose its healthy marriage grant

LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - The City of Laurel is on the verge of losing its Healthy Marriage Initiative Grant.

On Tuesday, during a Planning and Tourism Committee meeting several Laurel City Council members raised questions about a letter that Mayor Melvin Mack wrote relinquishing the healthy marriage grant to another agency.

In the letter addressed to The Mississippi Department of Human Services Mayor Mack gave control of the grant to The Mississippi State Extension Services.

Several council members are questioning Mayor Mack authority to cut the grant especially during these rough economic times.

Mack's decision to relinquish the grant cuts the city's budget by nearly $55,000.

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