St. Johns County meets on FEMA reimbursement


ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. – St. Johns County could be on the hook for millions of dollars in Hurricane Matthew cleanup.

Commissioners will meet on Tuesday to discuss how to use money from FEMA. The county believes they’ll have to pay $4.3 million to remove all of the debris collected for weeks after the storm. At the meeting, commissioners will decide how to cover that tab.

They will consider appropriating monies from FEMA and the state and transferring an additional chunk of change out of Solid Waste Reserves to the General Fund in order to cover the costs of debris removal.

St. Johns County anticipates $18.5 million to cover the cost of debris removal. FEMA will reimburse up to 75% of that and the state will reimburse up to 12.5%. This leaves the county with the rest of bill- another 12.5% which comes to just under $4.3 million.

The county hopes money from the Solid Waste Reserves can help pay that bill.

The reimbursement process between the county and FEMA  is a 60 day process, which will run into mid-March.

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