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Published July 28, 2010, 03:09 PM

Approved funding bill puts home buyouts back on track

(WDAY TV) - Cass County's third round of home buyouts from the 2009 flood are back on track again after Congress approved a massive funding bill.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

The 59 billion dollar bill to fund the troop surge in Afghanistan also includes 5.1 million dollar to replenish FEMA's disaster relief fund. President Barack Obama has yet to sign the bill.

The county was counting on FEMA funding to help pay for 39 buyouts totaling 11 million dollars through FEMA's hazard Mitigation grant Program, but had to suspend the buyout appraisal process in February when FEMA didn't have the money for it.

County Administrator Bonnie Johnson says the appraisal process will resume immediately.