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Calls for Full Federal Storm Reimbursement Grow Louder

An Ocean County Freeholder is building support to call on the Federal Government to provide 100-percent reimbursement for superstorm recovery efforts. Freeholder Joe Vicari says during the first few weeks after sandy, the Federal Emergency Management Agency paid 100 percent of all damage and debris removal cost and then the formula went to 75 to 90 percent reimbursement.

“What I’m saying now to the federal government and to the President of the United States, let’s make Ocean County whole again and every dollar you give us in three years, you’re going to get back because it’s going to be paid more in federal and state taxes.”

Vicari says he’s gotten support from all of Ocean County’s local Mayors and has written letters to New Jersey’s Congressional delegation as well as U.S. Senators to go to Washington with one voice and ask for full funding. And he feels strongly that it’s a long time coming.

“You know the entire state of New Jersey, of all 50 states, we’re at the bottom for getting federal dollars in. This is a very serious problem that we have in Ocean County and the tax payers can no longer afford paying for the damage.

According to earlier reports, Ocean County is expecting to be re-imbursed about 40-million-dollars for services performed after Superstorm Sandy. At their next meeting, the Freeholders are expected to approve a resolution urging FEMA to reimburse them 100 percent.

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