Contact Us
Make My Homepage

Will Snow Money be Used for Sandy Debris Removal?

The threat of blizzards is coming to a close and that’s why Assembly members Ron Dancer and Amy Handlin are sponsoring a bill that would allow towns and counties to ease costs for property taxpayers by using surplus snow funds to remove debris left by a natural disaster.

Long Beach Island Recovery
Long Beach Island Recovery (Mario Tama, Getty Images)

They’re hoping the measure can pass quickly and the snow removal money could be used to help the Superstorm Sandy clean-up efforts.

“When they’re blocking our roads or creating other problems, it doesn’t matter if we’re talking about three feet of snow, a downed tree or a refrigerator,” says Dancer. “We can give local officials the flexibility to remove hazards from their communities by using money in a reserve fund for this purpose during emergencies.”

Since 2001, counties and municipalities have been allowed to bank unused money budgeted for snow and ice removal in mild winters. The new bill would allow local officials to use these funds to clear debris after a disaster that results in an official emergency declaration by the President of Governor.

“Communities struck by disaster should have all the tools necessary to manage their budgets and mitigate clean-up costs for property taxpayers,” contends Handlin. “A well-run town that has saved its pennies for a rainy – or a snow day in this case – should be allowed to use its emergency funds to clean up after similar emergencies.”

The Assembly Homeland Security and State Preparedness Committee has approved legislation. It’s now up to the Speaker to decide when and if to post the measure for a full vote.

 

 

Best of the Web


Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://nj1015.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on New Jersey 101.5 quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here.

Sign up for an account to comment, share your thoughts, and earn points to get great prizes.

Register on New Jersey 101.5 quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!