Special Assembly approves flood recovery funds
On December 16, 1955, late on a Friday night before the holiday recess, Connecticut Governor Ribicoff and the state legislature closed a long and contentious special assembly session of the Connecticut Flood Recovery Committee to hammer out the details on bills needed to fund repairs from the August and October floods. The Committee had been working since November 9th to identify eligible expenses and the sources of revenue that would be used to cover the necessary repairs to roads, bridges and public buildings, and to assist towns with recover after the floods at a cost of $36.5 million.
The committee determined in order to raise that revenue, $15.5 million in surtaxes would be levied to a variety of programs, an additional $15.5 million was allocated from the state highway fund and $5.5 million that had been received from federal disaster relief would be set pooled. Some of the expenses that the committee identified were:
According to the article, Governor Ribicoff told the group "All of us will continue to do our best to rebuild Connecticut" before wishing the legislators best wishes for the holiday season and new year ahead and closing the session.
Reference: Schonbock, Keith. “Special Assembly Session Ends; Major Flood Relief Bills Voted.” Hartford Courant, 16 Dec. 1955, p. 1