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PB schools may owe $178,000 for hurricane expenses

PB schools may owe $178,000 for hurricane expenses

Palm Beach County schools may have to repay $178,000 to the federal government after an audit found improper expenses made during hurricanes Jeanne and Wilma. During Hurricane Jeanne in 2004, a contractor billed the district $1 per square foot more than the agreed upon contract price for plywood, resulting in a $98,145 overcharge, according to a new audit by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The district also billed the Federal Emergency Management Agency for $46,500 that had already been paid by the insurance company. A second audit found the district had $33,239 worth of ineligible expenses for Hurricane Wilma in 2005, after failing to credit FEMA for rebates received for...