For Immediate Release
Contact: Senator Peter Burling
Tuesday, February 07, 2006
Senator Peter Burling Filed Legislation to Pay for Summer Storm in Upper Valley
CONCORD, NH – Senator Peter Burling today filed legislation requesting reimbursement for Upper Valley towns that suffered damage during the storm on June 10, 2005.
The bill, cosponsored by Senator Johnson, R-District 2, requires the state to pay 25 percent of storm damage costs not reimbursed by FEMA.
“I recognize that this may be a long shot effort, but I felt I had to file this legislation on behalf of my constituents in the Upper Valley,” said Senator Burling, D-District 5. “The communities that suffered storm damage in June of 2005 should be reimbursed by the state. Without state aid they will be facing large property tax increases, as much as 10 percent in some communities. Given the fact that the state has a surplus, and also has an interest in the statewide road system, I think it is perfectly proper to seek state aid.”
Senator Burling will be seeking the co-sponsorship of area legislators in this effort.