Don Davis, Forum News Service, Published August 23 2012
Minnesota Legislature: Where will disaster money be spent?ST. PAUL – Here is how nearly $168 million in disaster-relief funding and other reallocated funds would be spent under a bill Minnesota legislators will debate today:
- $25 million, government infrastructure repair to match federal funds.
- $500,000, debris removal and disposal.
- $79 million, repair state and local roads and bridges.
- $15 million, economic development grants.
- $6 million, public facilities grants.
- $12.7 million, housing repair loans and temporary housing.
- $250,000, historic preservation.
- $6.9 million, repair Department of Natural Resources flood damage.
- $10 million, buy or relocate buildings damaged or threatened by flood.
- $2 million, debris removal from public waters.
- $12.5 million, conservation, water quality and erosion work.
- $600,000, agriculture needs.
- $761,000, compensate schools that lose students due to floods and to repair facilities.
- $565,000, Health Department costs.
- $100,000, fix buildings involved in petroleum tank releases.
- $101,000, cost to sell bonds.
- $5.8 million, wind damage in seven northern Minnesota counties.
- $994,000, reforestation after wind damage.
- $1 million, compensate for lost timber sales revenue.
Funds would come from a combination of the state selling bonds and money already in state accounts.
Other provisions in the bill:
- Extend Lake Superior Zoo deadline to June 30, 2015, to spend bond funds approved in previous years.
- Provide aid to cities that lose property taxes due to floods.
- Give some property owners affected by floods longer to pay property taxes.
- Require much of the loan repayment money to be put into accounts to be used in future disasters.
Davis works for Forum Communications.
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