Texas City Tries To Account For Use Of FEMA Funds After Ike

LA MARQUE (April 29, 2013)—Officials in La Marque are trying to produce records that show how $2 million in federal recovery money was spent in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike, which struck in 2008.

Poor record keeping in La Marque left administrators scrambling to account for the funds.

City Councilman James Osteen said a committee he leads to investigate management of Federal Emergency Management Funds has not yet met.

Osteen said he's waiting for the city's FEMA representative to provide details on the financial records.

A 2009 audit revealed La Marque wrongly put FEMA money for Ike recovery into the city's general fund, a practice that continues.

Osteen says FEMA might require the Ike money to be returned if La Marque can't produce records of how the funds were spent.

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