Bigelow Bill Would Aid Amador & Calaveras

Bigelow Bill Would Aid Amador & Calaveras

Assembly member Frank Bigelow has introduced legislation that would require 8.3 million dollars in settlement moneys from the Butte Fire be directed to the counties of Amador and Calaveras, allowing them to rebuild and treat tree mortality.  This bill would appropriate moneys resulting from the collection of fines levied on, or settlement with, the Pacific Gas and Electric Company by the Public Utilities Commission for the 2015 Butte Fire.  The money would be dealt out, in proportion to the acreage burnt by the fire in each county.  Bigelow’s bill would require the money be earmarked for use as matching funds by the counties for recovery projects funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Office of Emergency Services.  Also for use as disaster recovery, maintenance, public health and safety, and community support of resources in areas or neighborhoods impacted by the fire and finally for fire prevention work, including the removal of trees destroyed by the western bark beetle on public and private properties.   According to Bigelow, this $8.3 Million must go to the counties devastated by this disaster and NOT to the dark hole that is the State's General Fund and urged speedy passage of the bill to ensure the recovery of areas devastated by the 2015 Butte Fire.

 

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