City Fully Reimbursed for Katrina Expenses - KTRE.com | Lufkin and Nacogdoches, Texas

08/29/06 - Lufkin

City Fully Reimbursed for Katrina Expenses

by Ramonica R. Jones

The City of Lufkin spent more than $154,000 helping storm victims recover from Katrina. Most of that money was spent on sheltering evacuees at the Pentecostal campground. FEMA has reimbursed the city 100 percent of the cost of feeding and housing out-of-town storm victims.

Back to back hurricanes ended up costing Lufkin more than a million dollars, but city leaders said they are financially prepared to help future hurricane evacuees that come to the area.

Assistant City Manager Keith Wright, said, "We had overtime for police officers which was probably the biggest expense that we had; city personnel, public works people that were out there helping to monitor. We had trash collection during that process."    

The City of Lufkin has a fund balance of 25 percent just for emergencies.

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