ST. PAUL — Here is how nearly $168 million in disaster-relief funding and other reallocated money would be spent under a bill Minnesota legislators will debate Friday. $25 million: government infrastructure repair to match federal money. $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.
Money 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 money approved in previous years. Provide aid to cities that lose property taxes because of 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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