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Commissioners discuss using disaster funds for Hurricane Ian debris removal
Posted November 17, 2022 | 2:34 PM

Board of County Commissioners Meeting Recap for Nov. 16, 2022

During the Nov. 16, 2022, Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) meeting, the board conducted a public hearing to approve the Special Assessment Resolution to allow the County to collect a non-ad valorem special assessment for the purpose of benefiting properties through enhanced Medicaid payments for local services.

The fee will only be imposed against properties owned or leased by private hospitals.

Money generated through the special assessment is placed into a Local Provider Participation Fund and is matched with federal funds to provide Florida's hospitals with the supplemental Medicaid reimbursement.

Commissioners then approved a budget amendment resolution to appropriate no more than $103,484,400 for the agreements with the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration for participation in the Direct Payment Program, which provides supplemental payments to eligible hospitals providing services to Medicaid managed care recipients.

The board adopted a resolution approving a finance plan for the Hillsborough County Finance Authority's single-family mortgage revenue bonds in an amount not to exceed $100,000,000. The bonds will be used to fund low- interest mortgages for eligible first-time home buyers and will also include down payment assistance through the HFA's partnership with the County.

Commissioners approved a budget amendment to transfer $15 million from the Catastrophic Disaster Recovery Fund reserves and appropriate it within the BOCC - FEMA Hurricane Ian - Disaster Events Fund. This will fund debris removal costs related to Hurricane Ian. Debris removal and other emergency costs acquired within the first 60 days of the emergency period will be 100% reimbursed by FEMA. After the initial 60-day period, FEMA and the State of Florida are anticipated to reimburse eligible costs at a rate of 87.5%.

Commissioners received an update on the design and construction of the new Brandon library.

The site is located at the intersection of Lumsden Road and Parsons Avenue and will be a 25,000-square -foot, state-of-the-art, single-story facility to serve the residents of central Hillsborough County.

The library is currently in the design phase, and construction is expected to be complete in 2025.

The next BOCC regular meeting is at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2022. You can watch the meeting live on YouTube on the Hillsborough County Meetings channel

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