03/16/2012 - Assemblyman Clifford W. Crouch (R,I-Guilford) today called for the passage of a bill to extend the time for localities, school districts and employers to consider reassessments on property affected by flooding made possible by the Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee Assessment Relief Act. Crouch's colleagues in the state Assembly and Senate, along with local officials, homeowners, school officials, small businesses, and farmers whose homes, businesses, towns and municipalities were affected by flooding, joined his call. Crouch is a main sponsor of the legislation.
"Giving our localities, small businesses, and school districts ample time to consider opting in or out on reassessment is important," said Crouch. "Being blind-sided with a natural disaster and then be given a small window to make a serious decision such as property reassessment is not right. I have always been supportive of any effort to secure additional time and funding to aid the victims affected by the recent flooding."
According to the bill, A.9191/S.6311, school districts and local governments were permitted 45 days from the signing of the legislation to apply for aid. The bill was passed on December 9, 2011, and a subsequent resolution was passed also in order to adopt the provisions of the measure. The bill would extend the application and consideration period to one year, enabling communities to have full discussion and consideration on the merits of opting in or out.
"I have been working very closely with my colleagues in the state Senate and Assembly to secure aid to homeowners, businesses and localities affected by these two storms," said Crouch. "My district is comprised primarily of rural towns and villages, most of which were affected in one capacity or another by these storms. This is an important issue for many of our small communities to consider. Time is of the essence, so as recovery efforts continue, every opportunity that we are given is a blessing."