Governor Ron DeSantis was at the Lee County Emergency Operations Center to announce a move to obtain reimbursement from the federal government for Hurricane Irma expenses.
DeSantis says the process to apply for emergency funds is not efficient and aims to streamline the process. He sent a letter to President Donald Trump requesting more help under FEMA’s new cost-share.
The government allocated 75% of recovery costs associated with Hurricane Irma to local counties. The president increased it to 90% following Hurricane Michael, which devastated the Panhandle in October 2018.
DeSantis said he is confident the president will sign off on this request.
“That 90%,” DeSantis said, “will represent about 150 million dollars in relief for communities affected by Hurricane Irma.”
The governor’s announcement means Lee County will receive over $2.7 million originally anticipated for debris-removal reimbursement from Irma, according to Betsy Clayton, Lee County office of communications director.
In the press conference, DeSantis said those funds would be available immediately for the local government and families waiting for tax reimbursement.
Watch the full press conference below.