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After being rejected twice, Johnson County will now receive federal money to pay back the costs of fighting a January snowstorm.

The aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will pay back 75 percent of the money local governments spent to battle about a foot of snow that fell Jan. 5 and 6. Local street departments, schools and other agencies, including Johnson County REMC, spent about $500,000 in total to pay for overtime and materials such as road salt.

The federal government originally rejected the request for aid from Indiana, but 19 counties were approved for funding in April after an appeal by Gov.

Mike Pence. Johnson County was not included in that initial group but was added this week as one of nine more counties getting disaster relief money, according to a state news release.

Other central Indiana counties receiving aid include Marion, Hamilton, Hendricks and Boone counties. Forty-nine counties in the state spent $14.5 million total to clean up after the snowstorm.

“This continues to be good financial news for cities and towns in these counties,” Pence said in the release. “Federal grants mean millions of dollars replenishing local budgets.”

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