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City takes back $8,400 from charity linked to councilwoman

September 19, 2018

MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi city is taking back $8,400, at least for now, that it gave to a charity run by the husband of a city councilwoman.

The Meridian Star reports the Meridian City Council voted Tuesday to take back the money given to Youth Excitement Team. Councilwoman Kim Houston is an unpaid director of the group, run by her husband Gary Houston.

The council typically removes groups that may pose a conflict for one member and votes on them separately. Kim Houston denies any wrongdoing and says lack of a separate vote was an oversight.

Councilwoman Fannie Johnson also runs a charity, Love’s Kitchen.

Youth Excitement Team provides afterschool programs seeking to aid education and parental involvement. The organization’s most recent tax filing shows Gary Houston was paid $16,500 in 2016.

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Information from: The Meridian Star, http://www.meridianstar.com

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