Town Budgets Recover After Irene Expenses

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As the fiscal year comes to a close at the end of the month, Vermont cities and towns are slowly restoring their budgets for expenses related to Tropical Storm Irene.

In Wallingford, the Select Board reports that it has been reimbursed for $100,000 of its $130,000 in Irene expenses. FEMA is reimbursing cities and towns for 90 percent of their eligible costs, and the state will cover an additional 5 percent.

Wallingford will hold a special select board meeting next week, as town officials meet with state transportation engineers to resolve Irene repairs.

And in Moretown, the Select Board is deciding whether to restore a bridge washed out by Irene that serves an individual family, but not the general public. Town officials in Newfane are also debating whether to rebuild a bridge that was damaged by Irene. If they don’t, they might be able to get FEMA funding to spend on projects not related to the flood.

The debate comes as cities and towns work with the state to try to cut down on their road costs to save money.

You can read select board minutes from Wallingford, Moretown, Newfane and more than 80 other Vermont cities and towns at VPR’s Public Post.

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