- Associated Press - Sunday, January 25, 2015

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) - The head of a community action agency that serves Spartanburg and Cherokee counties says thousands of people may have their heat disconnected because the state isn’t sending checks in a timely fashion.

The Herald-Journal of Spartanburg reported (https://bit.ly/15wCiC6) that Piedmont Community Actions Executive Director Willie Ross says the state Office of Economic Opportunity has delayed payments to the agency for up to six weeks.

The state office distributes federal grants funds to 14 agencies, including Piedmont Community Actions.

An attorney for that office says Piedmont Community Actions was placed on a “cost reimbursement” method of payment because of the problems with the financial reports. That means the agency must pay for the services up front and submit documentation to the state, a process that takes between five and 10 days.

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Information from: Herald-Journal, https://www.goupstate.com/

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