State Budget Could Help Pay for Damaged Cable to Washington Island

Two Door County state legislators are asking Governor Tony Evers to include up to two million dollars in the state budget to cover a portion of the costs associated to a damaged electrical cable that cut power to Washington Island in June. The Washington Island Electric Cooperative reports that the total damages are in the neighborhood of $4.1 million. The letter sent by State Senator Andre Jacque and State Representative Joel Kitchens, notes that the proposal, which requires a 30% local cost-share, is supported by Door County and the Town of Washington Boards. The legislators say because Washington Island is one of the most isolated communities in the state, the impact was not sufficiently broad enough to trigger FEMA public assistance, even though damages vastly exceeded the county per capita threshold for the federal program.

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