May 05, 2017
The AFC incurred more than $1.5 million in additional expenses for man-hours and equipment costs because of the wildfires.
The Alabama Forestry Commission (AFC) will receive an additional $550,000 in the current fiscal year under a bill approved Thursday by the Senate.
HB 157 by Rep. Kyle South, R-Fayette, draws money from the Emergency Forest Fire Fund to pay expenses associated with wildfires last fall. The bill also provides supplemental funding for the Alabama Department of Insurance, the Department of Forensic Sciences and the Alabama State Board of Prosthetics and Orthotics. The bill was amended in the Senate and requires House concurrence before being sent to the governor.
This week, State Forester Rick Oates said Gov. Kay Ivey told him she intends to release nearly $500,000 from the governor’s discretionary emergency fund to help the budget-stressed AFC. The AFC incurred more than $1.5 million in additional expenses for man-hours and equipment costs because of the wildfires.
Since 2011, General Fund appropriations for the AFC are down $8 million or 55 percent.