Taxpayers may have to pay for some fire damage

There’s growing concern in Barber County that when all the wildfire damage to public structures is totaled up, it won’t meet FEMA’s threshold. That could mean local taxpayers will have to foot the bill.”

The wildfire didn’t discriminate, burning through public property owned by counties, cities, and townships. So far, Barber County has exceeded the FEMA threshold for the firefighting costs. It hopes to get federal money for that, but it’s short on qualifying for public assistance.

The damage will have to exceed $ 4.1 million in the state to even qualify for federal assistance. Local authorities are hoping their congressional delegation can help.

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