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Disaster money: where it would be spent
Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

By Don Davis

Forum Communications

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 Friday:

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--  $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.

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