Hanson reports Legislature will file emergency bill to assist propane users during cost increase
To deal with a propane crisis that has more than doubled the price, State Representative Curt Hanson of Fairfield and other lawmakers are filing an emergency bill to provide an additional $1 million to help Iowans struggling to pay for the huge increase in propane costs.
“In one of the coldest winters we’ve had in many years, the skyrocketing cost of propane is a heavy burden for many Iowans who need to keep their home warm,” said Hanson. “In a crisis like this that affects thousands of Iowans, the Legislature needs to step up and provide immediate assistance to make sure Iowans are safe when temperatures go below zero.”
Hanson and other lawmakers are filing a bill to add $1 million to the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) that will help propane users heat their homes.
Propane prices are typically in the $2 per gallon range, but reached more than $5 per gallon on Thursday and are still climbing. For a typical 500 gallon tank, that means the cost to fill the tank has risen from $1,000 to more than $2,500.
Lawmakers are meeting today with representatives from Iowa’s propane industry to find out if there are other steps the Legislature can take to ease the crisis and prevent it from occurring again.
To apply for home heating assistance, Iowans can go to their local Community Action Agency or log on towww.dcaa.iowa.gov/bureau_weath/how_apply.html.
Iowans also can call 877-565-4450 for more information.