Gov Calls for Emergency Funding
Governor Fallin is asking lawmakers to appropriate at least $36 million for a State Emergency Fund to reimburse cities for past disasters.
Governor Fallin says the state owes $16 million to municipalities and $20 million to electric cooperatives to pay for two dozen disaster and emergency declarations since 2007.
Fallin says these cities and towns need to recoup their losses.
“With these significant costs it affects their other money that might be available for the fire department for the police services or other essential services within the local communities.”
When disaster strikes, FEMA pays 75% of the costs while the state is supposed to pay 12.5% leaving the rest to the local community.
The Governor says the recent drought shows the need for lawmakers to keep the State Emergency fund fully financed.