(TNS) – Hurricane Matthew clean-up costs are expected to take a big bite out of Beaufort, S.C., County’s cash reserves and could ultimately lead to a property tax increase.
Preliminary figures estimate the recovery effort will cost the county roughly $17.5 million.
But that number is “very, very estimated” and expected to grow significantly, county chief financial officer Alicia Holland said earlier this week.
Debris removal makes up the majority of the clean-up costs at $10 million.
However, that figure only includes public roads. Once the cost of cleaning up roadways in private and gated communities — which the county has pledged to assist in — is tabulated, that $10 million estimate is likely to double, deputy county administrator Josh Gruber said.
County leaders estimate $3 million will be spent paying public employees for storm-related work and another $3 million will be needed to repair roughly 65 government structures and facilities damaged in the hurricane.
Miscellaneous costs such as additional mosquito control operations and contingency funds are estimated at $1.5 million.
The county has spent more than $100,000 on extra mosquito control chemicals alone, Holland said.
County leaders expect at least 75 percent of the clean-up cost to be eventually be reimbursed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Skip to toolbar