County RESTORE committee back in action

Published: Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 10:19 AM.

Though not all members of the RAC were present during the meeting, county attorney Jeremy Novak led the group through the provisions and noted their feedback.

The available members of the RAC discussed the need for additional clarifications in the plan, especially when it came to the allowance of revised RESTORE plans to be submitted once a dollar amount is assigned to each county.

Committee member Pat Hardman wanted the Restoration Council to push for money to be paid as Non-Federal Restitution Funds so that it couldn’t be taxed.

Throughout the meeting the RAC often became frustrated with the Treasury’s lack of progress toward establishing rules on how projects would be awarded money.

“We need good, clear guidelines,” said county administrator Don Butler.

“We need a timeline. We need a process,” added Port St. Joe city manager Jim Anderson.

Novak told the group that the process had become time consuming because it’s not a typical responsibility of the Treasury Department and, just like the RAC, they were making it up as they went along.



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