BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Erie County has agreed to pay FEMA back for the surprise October storm that hit WNY almost seven years ago, but for a drastically lowered amount.
Earlier this year, FEMA sent Erie County an audit claiming the county misspent millions of dollars and demanding repayment. The county fiercely disputed some of the findings and now the audit has been revised and the amount dramatically reduced.
FEMA has lowered the amount Erie County owes to $705,000. The original bill was for nearly $50 million.
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said, "In order to put this behind us, we concur with the new findings and will repay the money. This is a huge win for the residents of Erie County."
He says the county followed the rules in the disaster recovery. The smaller amount will be paid back with surplus money.
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