Dayton: FEMA offer is 'not acceptable'

January 27, 2009 8:58:25 PM PST
On the road to recovery, the city of Dayton is saying the government's offer to reimburse it for Hurricane Ike storm debris removal is "not acceptable." [SIGN UP: Get headlines and breaking news sent to you]

City officials say they're angry at the difference between what FEMA is willing to pay and what the city actually spent.

Dayton says private contractors spent over $2 million for the massive clean-up, but FEMA paid the city just over $500,000. The city claims it removed more storm debris than FEMA says it did, and now Dayton is going to appeal. The city is determined FEMA should pay.

"Any time a city of 6,000 loses $2 million out of its general coffers, then it's gonna hurt," said Dayton City Manager David Douglas.

FEMA has six weeks to respond to the appeal.

You can read more about the debate in our Houston Community Newspaper partner, The Dayton News.

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