group sites, which typically range in cost from $250 to $7,500 per month.25 We asked FEMA why they were spending so much to lease this property in comparison to the other sites, they told us that did not evaluate costs associated with group site leasing because the General Services Administration (GSA) set up the leases. When we asked representatives from GSA about the Ellzey lease, they told us that $204,000 per year was a reasonable price because the site was located on industrial property, but they could not tell us if a less expensive option was considered.
With regard to the commercial sites, table 5 shows the estimated cost per trailer at one commercial park in Mississippi. FEMA could have saved $1.5 million at this site if it had exercised an option to reassign or contract separately for septic cleaning services.
25Only one other site has a lease costing over $7,500 per month.
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