However, ending the program didn’t erase those debts and liabilities. Now, the cost of ending the program will be shared by all of its members, as each will contribute $25,000 to cover the remaining bills and pay the program’s employees their backpay.
From the Oakland Tribune:
The tab for a soon-to-be defunct Alameda County-wide assistance program troubled by mismanagement and a lack of oversight continues to grow.
The 12 cities in the county that were providing oversight to the Associated Community Action Program — along with the county itself — have agreed to contribute $25,000 each to a pool to pay former employees back wages and cover legal costs as the program winds down.
Last month, the group’s governing board — which is made up of one county supervisor and one elected official from every city in the county, excluding Berkeley and Oakland — voted to dissolve the program after the dysfunction of the program was uncovered, including more than $400,000 in unpaid bills and no money to pay employees.
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