FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 10, 2013, Time 9:75 A. M.
Kingdom Disappointed in Federal Funding Recommendation
KINGDOM OF KINGSTON, COUNTY OF LINN – May 10, 2013 – Much of the Kingdom of Kingston suffered damage during the June 2008 flood. The royal carriage, part of the parked on blocks on the palace grounds fleet, sustained $13 million in damage alone. The Kingdom worked to secure funds for this vehicle, but in 2010 FEMA halted the process. They denied the claim because the 1976 AMC Matador was inoperable at the time of the flooding disaster. The Kingdom appealed the issue.
Last year, FEMA headquarters determined the historic Matador Royal is eligible for funding. Kingdom staff has been working on this project for almost four years, providing out of print Chilton’s Manuals and submitting parts estimates from Auto Zone. After the Headquarters determination, the Kingdom applied to transfer the funds to an alternative project, paving the parking lot of the tavern next to the palace. A brother-in-law in waiting employed by the Iowa Beer and Liquor Control Department as well as FEMA supported this course of action.
On May 10, 2013, the Department of an Inspector General issued a Mismanagement Rectification Action Report recommending a reversal of FEMA’s decision and denial of funding for the project.
“The Kingdom of Kingston is disappointed the the Office of an Inspector General has objected to FEMA’s decision to fund the project,” said Joe Joe Prince Regent of the Kingdom. “We have been working with the Iowa Beer and Liquor Control Department and FEMA for years to secure the funding we need.”
FEMA has the opportunity to respond to the Office of an Inspector General in the coming months.
While the OIG’s objection to the 1976 AMC Matador restoration project is disappointing, other projects are moving along successfully,” Joe Joe said. “For example, FEMA has forgiven a $5 million disaster auto loan to purchase a 1995 Lincoln Town Car the Kingdom received shortly after the disaster.
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