A year later, California drought-relief money is unspent

Jun 9, 2015 12:39 PM by Associated Press, Photo: CDWR

More than $340 million that was supposed to be rushed to drought-stricken California communities sits unspent in government bank accounts more than a year after lawmakers voted to use it to provide water, protect wells and upgrade water systems.

Millions of dollars from the same drought-assistance package have helped communities across the state. But figures provided to The Associated Press by Gov. Jerry Brown's finance department show that nearly half of the money has not been awarded or spent, illustrating how slowly the wheels of government can turn even in a crisis.

State officials acknowledge the slow pace of spending, which they say is meant to ensure that the money is used wisely. But some say they would like to find ways to speed up the process.

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