Calhoun Co. Awaiting Tornado Recovery Funding

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ANNISTON, Ala. (AP) -- Calhoun County officials say local reserve funds are dwindling as they await payments for tornado-related expenses.

Officials estimate that the state and federal government owe the county $2.2 million for spending necessary in the aftermath of the April 2011 tornado outbreak.

The county used its reserve fund for building projects to pay upfront for recovery costs. That account has now dwindled to $150,000. The county's assistant administrator, Faye Robertson, told The Anniston Star (http://bit.ly/ORrYdU ) that it isn't enough money for minor capital improvements the county may need.

Federal officials say they have approved almost $8 million for Calhoun County and that state authorities are responsible for disbursing it.

Officials at Alabama Emergency Management Agency could not answer specific funding questions Friday because the agency's computer system was not working.

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Information from: The Anniston Star, http://www.annistonstar.com/
AP-WF-10-20-12 1635GMT


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