GREENSBURG, Kan. (AP) _ The Federal Emergency Management Agency
plans to start charging rent for its trailers being used by
Greensburg residents displaced by last year's tornado.
Eighteen months after the massive twister all but wiped out the
Kansas town, FEMA sent a letter saying that residents still living
in agency trailers would pay $667 per month in rent.
Resident Jackie Scheuerman said Thursday she plans on moving out
of her FEMA trailer to avoid having to pay an ``outrageous'' amount
for rent because she needs the money to finish rebuilding her home.
Instead she and her family will live in their half-finished house.
City Administrator Steve Hewitt questions whether $667 per month
is fair market value for Kansas and Greensburg, and he's trying to
convince the agency to lower the price.
Hewitt said, ``I just don't want to lose citizens.''
Information from: KSNW-TV
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