Auditors are recommending the Federal Emergency Management Agency withhold $523,000 in disaster aid from a Jersey shore town for the cost of cleaning up after Superstorm Sandy.
The Homeland Security Inspector General's Office faults Belmar for the way it structured two no-bid debris-removal contacts. Auditors say it could potentially benefit contractors more than taxpayers.
Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty tells the Asbury Park Press the town is stuck in the middle of a disagreement between two arms of the same federal agency. Doherty says FEMA was well aware of the contracts before they were agreed to.
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Auditors in March criticized Beach Haven and Little Egg harbor for how they kept records of their emergency debris-removal costs.