Town of Union Turns In Nearly 200 Buyout Applications

By Jenna Hanchard

May 2, 2012 Updated May 3, 2012 at 10:29 AM EDT

Town of Union, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Town of Union is getting ready to hand over about 180 applications to FEMA for the flood buyout program.

Wednesday May 2, 2012 was the last day homeowners could turn in applications to the Town of Union.

Now, homeowners wait to see if the government will take their flood damaged property off of their hands.

Under the program, the federal government could fund up to 75 percent of the buy outs.

Homes will be demolished and turned into green space.

Town of Union leaders say the majority of the applications are from Fairmont Part, Westover and West Corners.

"If we succeed it's a win win for the property owner. Everyone needs to move on with their lives. It saves us a tremendous amount of money with the help from the buyouts," says Deputy Supervisor Rose Sotak.

Town leaders say about 40 homes were bought out after the 2006 flood.

Leaders say losing more homes will weaken the tax base in the Town.

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