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Oct 31, 2013 4:10 PM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

City of Atascadero appeals FEMA's decision to take back $2.7 million in funding

The City of Atascadero is appealing the Federal Emergency Management Agency's decision to take back about $2.7 million in relocation funding.

According to City officials, FEMA had previously approved the funding to help the city cover the costs of temporarily relocating the historic City Hall. The City Hall was seriously damaged during the 6.5 magnitude San Simeon Earthquake back in 2003. The building was unsafe to be in, so city services had to relocate to a temporary facility.

The City says it received pre-approval to relocate from FEMA, FEMA'S Office of Chief Council, and the California Emergency Management Agency.

In early 2012, the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Inspector General reportedly challenged the funding, but FEMA dismissed that challenge and re-confirmed that it would offer financial assistance to the city.

The City says in July 2013, FEMA reversed the funding. The City filed a first-level appeal with Cal EMA.

City administrative functions started in the new City Hall building in August. City Hall is open Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is located at 6500 Palma Avenue in Atascadero.

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