An investigation by Fox 2's M.L. Elrick finds the city is sitting on millions of dollars it collected from insurance companies under a state law that allows municipalities to take a portion of insurance settlements to encourage homeowners to clean up after a disaster. If the owner doesn't take action after 120-days, the city can keep the money to clear up the mess. In thousands of cases the city cashed the checks and did nothing.
How much money are we talking? Elrick's investigation determined around $21-million. He also obtained a list of 3,400 homes on city's Fire Escrow data base; homes the city claimed as a portion of a payout that went into the escrow account.
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