Evacuating Ocean City- Necessary But Expensive

The evacuation of Ocean City ahead of Hurricane Irene cost the state of Maryland an estimated $2-million in potential income. State Comptroller Peter Franchot says most of that was in lost sales tax money because folks stayed home. Other lost revenue was in the form of gas tax receipts, Bay Bridge toll fees, payroll withholdings and admissions and amusement tax receipts to Ocean City. Franchot said that given the disastrous impact of the storm on other parts of our country, he is grateful that Ocean City and the state of Maryland as a whole weathered the storm with minimal injury or loss of life.