PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The arrest of veteran Providence City Councilman Kevin Jackson this week has prompted two councilors to call for a review of taxpayer-funded grants awarded by the city.

Councilmen Sam Zurier, Ward 2, and David Salvatore, Ward 14, will introduce resolutions at the next week’s council meeting asking the city’s internal auditor to review contingency accounts controlled by the mayor’s office and City Council leadership.

“I have been a strong advocate for ethical oversight within the council and believe at this time all disbursements from the council and mayor’s contingency accounts must be suspended and an audit conducted,” Salvatore said in a statement this week.

Jackson, a 57-year-old Democrat, was arrested outside Providence City Hall for allegedly embezzling more than $127,000 from a taxpayer-subsidized nonprofit he founded as well as misusing $12,000 in campaign contributions. He said he intends to plead not guilty.

In 2013, the City Council froze two city contingency accounts after a Target 12 investigation revealed they were used to quietly award hundreds of thousands of dollars to nonprofits with little oversight and no application process. The council leadership at the time said it planned to craft formal guidelines for the grants, but the policy has never been finalized.

At the time, records showed the Providence Cobras, a track-and-field club team founded by Jackson received $23,000 in council grants over the course of seven years – more money than all of the youth sports programs in the city combined during that period. Jackson is now accused of using funds from the Cobras for personal expenses.

The contingency accounts aren’t only used for grants. Records show the mayor’s contingency account has spent more than $73,000 on donations as well as parking for members of his administration, staff reimbursements and membership fees for the U.S. Conference of Mayors during the 2015-16 fiscal year. Records show the council has spent about $43,500 during the same period.

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