Lawmakers Rushed Approval of a Loan for Southern Utah

Lawmakers Rushed Approval of a Loan for Southern Utah

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- State lawmakers have approved a 25-million dollar loan for flood-ravaged southern Utah.

The loan approved yesterday by both the House and Senate is part of an aid package that could total 40 (M)million dollars before the session ends.

The HB240 provides money to help communities in Washington County rebuild the infrastructure damaged during last month's flooding.

While the money is a loan, the Legislature could forgive all or part of the amount when the loan comes due in a year.

So far, lawmakers are only providing help for public projects, not for repairing or replacing private property hit by the flood.

Washington County officials are still waiting to see if they qualify for money from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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