Governor Sam Brownback has signed a bill that will make it a little more affordable for people affected by wildfires to rebuild damaged fences.
The new Kansas law will create a sales tax exemption for materials purchased to replace burned fences. The bill moved incredibly fast, from a legislative perspective. The House and Senate approved it just last week.
There are programs at the federal level to help with recovery, but Governor Brownback says this is something the state can do.
“It doesn’t make up for what they’ve lost, but it’s a way that we can help ease the recovery for our hardworking farmers and ranchers. Their resolve and their spirit has been inspiring throughout this crisis,” says Brownback.
Brownback says around 650,000 acres burned in Kansas and up to 8,000 cattle were killed. The Kansas Department of Agriculture estimates livestock and fence losses could total more than $50 million.
Stephen Koranda reports: