California Congressman Kevin Kiley met with Greenville residents Sept. 6 to discuss the need for state and federal assistance and the importance of enacting tax relief for victims of the 2021 Dixie fire.
Kiley, who represents Plumas County as part of the 3rd Congressional District, is a co-sponsor of HR 4970, which would protect victims of certain wildfires from being taxed on funds they receive as settlements for their losses.
Sponsored by 1st District Congressman Doug LaMalfa, the bill introduced in July is in the early stages of the legislative process.
Sue Weber, volunteer coordinator of the Dixie Fire Collaborative, showed Kiley the burned areas of downtown Greenville and shared the community experience of recovering from fire, which destroyed nearly 800 homes in Greenville, Canyon Dam, Indian Falls and Warner Valley.
Many victims of the Dixie fire who lost homes and property are asking him to support HR 4970. This bill is essential to the recovery of those who have lost so much in the wildfires that have raged throughout California, Weber said.
She also emphasized the importance of funding in the process of rebuilding communities destroyed by the Dixie fire.