City of Parker announces total cost for hurricane recovery
Parker city officials announced it will cost the city $14 million to recover from Hurricane Michael during their council meeting Tuesday. That number includes its debris removal bill, which is around $9 million and other damage sustained from the storm.
Mayor Richard Musgrave said FEMA will fully reimburse them for the first 45 days after the storm, but they're working with FEMA and state officials to get 100% reimbursement for recovery efforts, after that time frame.
“FEMA, at the federal level, we fund 90% of that. The state will do 5% and the city will do 5%. We sent in a request to the state for a waiver of that share of the match,” Mayor Musgrave said.
Musgrave said they have worked for the past 15 months to verify those numbers and the overall cost is double the city's annual budget.
Parker city leaders also voted to raise their utility rates during their meeting Tuesday.
Mayor Musgrave said they are trying to make their rates comparable to other cities in Bay County. He said the city's rates were significantly lower than other cities with similar services.
Musgrave said some rates could double, but even with the increase, they remain one of the most affordable places to live in the county.