The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the $5.5 million bond.
Appraisals have been done on the first 26 properties, and once an offer of purchase is made to the property owners, they have 30 days to inform the county in writing whether they accept the offer price and wish to proceed.
“It’s a matching program, so whatever we spend, we get back (from FEMA),” County Attorney Daniel Manning III said.
Manning said they’re hopeful people who get a buyout will stay within the community and build a better home. He said they’ll help people relocate within their towns.
“These are people who were flooded numerous times,” Board of Supervisors Chair Randy Douglas (D-Jay) said. “The (Ausable) river has changed its course. They’re in harm’s way.”
The county will go to bid soon for demolition of the flood buyout properties.
Only a park can be created on the land after homes are demolished, Douglas said.
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