Beshear signs bills to help recovery efforts

By: Katie Roach Email
By: Katie Roach Email

Governor Beshear signed three bills Friday in West Liberty which will bring more help to tornado victims.

House Bill 255 will offer a sales tax rebate for any building materials and supplies tornado victims buy, something state and local officials are hoping encourage people to rebuild in their communities.

The devastation was severe, but almost three months later Morgan Countians are still pressing forward and rebuilding.

John Clark owns a convenience store that used to serve the people of West Liberty, now he is making a $1 million investment to make sure his store will do that again.

"This will come together real quick. It's going to be a nice show piece as you enter West Liberty," said Clark.

He says it was never a question whether or not he would rebuild back right here in West Liberty. In fact, he says he is even expanding his business.

"We were going to build back on the small piece of property we had, and it just worked out as we were preparing to work and clean up this piece the other piece behind us came open," said Clark.

Friday, Governor Beshear thanked John Clark for his example and signed a bill that will help those trying to rebuild.

"It doesn't just help one group. It helps everybody, if they'll relocate and rebuild in their community. They will get to use this 6% tax rebate credit," said Morgan County Judge Executive Tim Conley.

Governor Beshear also signed Senate Bill 55 which will allow first responders to cross state lines, and House Bill 421 which offers more protection to homeowners.

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