Baldwin officials meet FEMA over funds dispute

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

BAY MINETTE, Ala. (AP) - Baldwin officials in a recent meeting
with FEMA officials in Clanton defended the county's 2004-05
hurricane cleanup operations.

The county disputes a December audit report by the federal
government's Office of Inspector General. That audit claims Baldwin
received $10.5 million more in reimbursements than it should have
following Hurricane Ivan in 2004 and hurricanes Dennis and Katrina
in 2005.

County officials said their average $12 cost per cubic yard was
much less than comparable cleanup efforts along the Gulf Coast.

FEMA officials will talk to the auditors again and make a recommendation within 30 days. Then if county officials disagree with a proposed settlement they can appeal at the regional and national levels.

Information from: Press-Register, http://www.al.com/mobileregister

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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