Aiken County council passes amendment to 2014 budget


AIKEN COUNTY, S.C. (WRDW)--In a unanimous vote, Aiken County council voted Tuesday night to amend the current 2014 budget to begin paying for some of the February winter storm clean up.

County council voted to move two million dollars out of the general fund to begin paying those bills that have come as a result of the winter storm.

County Administrator Clay Killian says that they are expecting to see a damage total somewhere between eight and ten million dollars. The two million dollars being pulled now is to pay off the bills that are currently sitting, waiting to be paid.

The county says that after a federal declaration by the White House, Aiken County qualifies for FEMA assistance in paying off some of those bills. Killian says he expects FEMA to pay back somewhere between 75% and 85% of the damage total.

The timetable on when all of that money will be reimbursed is still to be determined but county council expects 50% of it to be back within the next two months.

Killian has a meeting with FEMA officials on Monday to further discuss the timetable for reimbursement.