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Belmar Receives Over $10M in FEMA Funding

Borough still owed another $9M in cleanup costs

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Over the course of the past three weeks, Belmar has received more than $10.3 million in FEMA funding for rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy, bringing the total the borough has received to $13.6 million, Mayor Matt Doherty said.

The FEMA funding comes in the form of reimbursements for spending the borough conducted while recovering from the storm – specifically, $8.6 million towards the rebuilding of the boardwalk and $1.7 million received for debris removal, Doherty said.

“These payments are the fruition of months of working closely with FEMA, Governor Christie’s Office and the New Jersey State Police," said Doherty. "These payments allow us to pay down the bonding we needed to do to recover and rebuild from Hurricane Sandy, minimizing the financial impact to our residents."

There is about $9 million outstanding that the borough is owed, the mayor explained. Generally, the borough is to be reimbursed for 90 percent of its storm-related expenditures and bonding.

"We completed that recovery work in faith that the reimbursements from FEMA would follow; today I am pleased to say that the funds are finally rolling in," said Dohert, thanking several officials, including Rep. Frank Pallone and Chris Smith, and Gov. Chris Christie.
Joy DeSanctis July 09, 2014 at 06:50 PM
Let's remember the announcement of FEMA funding has been made through the media repeatedly by the Mayor of Belmar. We were supposed to get 9.2 million for the boardwalk http://www.nj.com/.../belmar_receives_fema_reimbursement... We bonded 20 MILLION DOLLARS for the boardwalk which we have spent. FEMA does not OWE us anything, the Mayor is alleging that we are PURSUING, 9 million dollars. Big difference. Show me the FEMA worksheets, show me the check. There are no outstanding FEMA worksheets totaling 9 million for more cleanup costs. Since there is no documentation this seems to be just another grab for media attention. The bottom line is Belmar says it has received 13.2 million, but the boardwalk bond is 20 MILLION DOLLARS so that leaves quite a bit for taxpayers to pay. Even when considering if we really did receive the funding. We have debt of 52 MILLION DOLLARS in 2013 without the 7 MILLION DOLLAR bond for the construction of the pavilions which is inflated beyond what is acceptable for taxpayers. We will receive 4.1 million from FEMA and insurance for the pavilions and should build them within that budget and have no debt from the rebuilding. There is a SPECIAL ELECTION ON AUGUST 19, 2014 so Belmar residents can decide how much to spend to build the pavilions. VOTE NO to 7 MILLION DOLLARS. Build the pavilions for 4.1 million and save 3 million.
JOHN DILLMAR July 10, 2014 at 06:08 AM
Nice ..........Seems the town is in debt for a very large amount. Taxes will double within 7 years. I'm leaving for Mars soon so good luck to everyone staying.
Dave Schneck July 10, 2014 at 06:24 AM
So you're going from being a Belmartian to just a regular martian. Although there are no taxes on Mars, I think there might be better options.
JOHN DILLMAR July 10, 2014 at 06:34 AM
Yes no real estate taxes(not yet), no income taxes(not yet), no sales tax(not yet), no death taxes(not yet). By the way NJ HAS THE HIGHEST death taxes in the nation. Ok so I get to Mars and Matt has a friend to greet me. Anybody know of what other planet to go to in case that happens?
Dave Schneck July 10, 2014 at 07:36 AM
Not sure. I think NJ already has a tax on Uranus.

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