Governor Burgum signed SB 2183 Tuesday morning which provides emergency grants to help cover extraordinary snow removal costs local governments have experienced this winter.
Governor Burgum said, “by expediting $20 million in emergency snow removal grants to qualifying city, county, township and tribal governments, we can relieve some of the burden on communities and local taxpayers and help ensure that while this winter was one for the record books, it doesn’t have to haunt their financial books.”
SB 2183 provides $15 million in funding for reimbursement grants for snow removal costs from October 1, 2022 – December 31, 2022 and an additional $5 million for reimbursement for the period of October 1, 2022 through April 30, 2023. The legislation will allow for reimbursement up to 60% of costs exceeding 150% of the average of four of the last five years’ snow removal costs.
ND Department of Emergency Services will be providing information to each county’s emergency manager by the end of the week with information on how to apply for the grants. DES has also scheduled a webinar for Emergency Managers for Monday to provide an overview of the Snow Removal Assistance Program. All funds will be disbursed by June 30th.
Video of the news conference which also discussed this weeks winter storm and flood preparations can be found on the Governor’s Facebook page.