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Jefferson County spent $50,895 for three displaced families' hotel stays

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BIRMINGHAM, AL - Jefferson County spent $50,895 on extended hotel stays for three families displaced by sewage problems last year.

Michael Matthews, a purchasing agent for Jefferson County, confirmed the expenses Friday afternoon.

Matthews said the County paid for the families to stay at three different hotels for several weeks at a time from late July through October.

"The goal first and foremost was to make sure that the family was out of harm's way and that reasonable temporary accommodations were provided," Matthews pointed out.

The three families stayed at a Comfort Inn and Courtyard Marriott in Trussville and a Residence Inn in Homewood.

The nightly rates for each room ranged from $75-$145, Matthews said.

Matthews said that putting families up in a hotel that are displaced while the County makes sewage repairs to their home is not knew.

However, the length of the repairs and the corresponding higher hotel costs are more unusual, he admitted.

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