The amount includes principal and interest.
The money was used after Katrina on utilities and infrastructure, including streets, vehicles and repairs to public buildings, said city comptroller
"We had to fix or replace pretty much everything," he said.
City and county leaders across the Coast worked with the congressional delegation to get rules of debt forgiveness changed. "We were all pleading our case," Parker said.
And it helped. Amendments were made, and the city tried again.
"We had another round to see if we qualified," Parker said.
The city learned last week that under the new rules, the
"We needed this," said City Manager
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