- Associated Press - Saturday, March 19, 2016

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) - With Portsmouth projected to have a $4 million to $6 million gap in next year’s budget, city officials are also grappling with a roughly $3.5 million deficit from the previous fiscal year.

The Virginian-Pilot (http://bit.ly/22r82RC ) reports that Chief Financial Officer Alice Kelly on Tuesday told the City Council that the Social Services Department had failed to collect $2.1 million worth of reimbursements from state and federal governments because not enough Social Services accounting staff knew how to bill for health insurance reimbursements.

Mayoral candidate John Rowe was the city manager for the majority of that fiscal year. He says no one brought the reimbursement issue to his attention.

Kelly also says that an audit last year found a $1.8 million deficit in the fund used to pay for two city golf courses.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com

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