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Town tallies costs from Tropical Storm Irene

FY 2013 budget projected to finish with a surplus

BRATTLEBORO—Tropical Storm Irene flooded portions of Brattleboro damaging municipal infrastructure in August 2011.

As the town continues to tally the costs, the budget is in good shape.

According to Town Finance Director John O’Connor, the town incurred about $2 million in damage. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has picked up $1.8 million of the tab.

After contributions from FEMA, the state, and insurance payments, he said, Irene cost the town $76,457.99.

The town is still finishing up a few projects, such as repairing the Cook Road Bridge on Route 9 and road damage on Williams Street.

Also, in his monthly financial report, O’Connor told the Selectboard that he town budget is projected to end fiscal year 2013 with a surplus.

According to O’Connor, all three of the town’s funds — the General Fund, Utilities Fund, and Parking Fund — are under budget.

If this trend continues, he said, the town will close out the year with a budget surplus.

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Originally published in The Commons issue #209 (Wednesday, June 26, 2013).

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