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Kenosha Mayor Asks for $30M Relief Money for $2M of Riot Damage to City Property

Black Lives Matter riots have left Wisconsin city is a state of destruction

 on 2nd September 2020 @ 1.00am
kenosha mayor john antaramian is asking for  30 million in federal riot relief funds © press
Kenosha Mayor John Antaramian is asking for $30 million in federal riot relief funds

Kenosha's mayor is asking the federal government and state officials for $30 million in relief funding after the Wisconsin city sustained $2M worth of damage to city-owned property.

City of Kenosha Mayor John Antaramian announced he has requested $30M in state funding to "rebuild and heal" the leftist-destroyed city.

The mayor says he told anti-Trump Governor Tony Evers that the money will "help the City of Kenosha rebuild and heal after the week of violence and damage experienced particularly in the downtown, uptown and surrounding areas of the city." 

“Kenosha is a safe community with hardworking individuals who are mourning and facing immense tragedy and devastation,'' Mayor Antaramian said in a press release.

“We’re asking the state and community partners to help rebuild what was lost and to invest in programs and training for our young people.”

On the night of Monday, August 24, Kenosha fire officials reported 37 fires in the wake of the police shooting of Jacob Blake on the previous Sunday.

kenosha  wisconsin has been torn apart by radical left violence © press
Kenosha, Wisconsin has been torn apart by radical-left violence

“The city’s public works director, Shelly Billingsley, provided the estimate to local leaders Monday night on what it would cost to replace garbage trucks, street lights, and traffic signals, among other things that were destroyed or damaged in the unrest over the last week,” ABC News reported Tuesday.

The city is insured, but as Minneapolis, Minnesota residents are now finding out, insurance coverage for riot damage is limited.

According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, “dozens” of business owners are now finding out that demolition costs won’t be reimbursed in full.

The damage to city services may also hinder Kenosha’s public works department in the long term, according to The Daily Wire.

According to Billingsley, the garbage and utility trucks that were destroyed or damaged in the riots that followed an officer-involved shooting that left 29-year-old Jacob Blake in critical condition, function as snowplows in the winter, and the city may not be able to replace them before the first snowfall which, in Wisconsin, could come as early as October.

Those trucks “were parked downtown to provide security and limit movement by protesters, were set on fire during the demonstrations.”

Kenosha’s mayor said Monday that he plans on asking the state and federal governments for assistance, and his initial request is $30 million, with the understanding that that number could climb significantly.

Individual businesses, now picking up the pieces following three nights of nearly unrestricted rioting, looting, and arson, are also finding that the cost to rebuild may be more than anticipated. 

According to Fox Business, the used car dealership that rioters burned during the first night of unrest, sustained $1.5 million in damages by itself.

“The owners of Car Source in Kenosha told local affiliate FOX 6 Milwaukee the business suffered $500,000 in property damage plus between $900,000 and $1 million in inventory damage during the first night of civil unrest following the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old Black man,” the outlet reported.

“More than 50 cars were reported to have been damaged in the early Monday morning blaze.”

“Another local business, Dale’s Jewelry, lost $200,000 worth of jewelry and incurred another $200,000 in property damage,” Fox 6 Milwaukee added.

That’s just the beginning, however.

kenosha mayor john antaramian says he wants  30m to  rebuild and heal  the leftist destroyed city © press
Kenosha Mayor John Antaramian says he wants $30M to 'rebuild and heal' the leftist-destroyed city

Local media reports include information about dozens of businesses affected by the unrest, and more than a dozen internet fundraisers, designed to help family-owned businesses recover and eventually rebuild, are now active.

President Donald Trump, defying requests by the Wisconsin governor and other Democratic officials to stay away from the riot-torn area, is touring Kenosha to survey the extensive damage left from last week’s unrest.

His opponent, Democratic 2020 presidential nominee Joe Biden, addressed the riots in a speech on Monday but neglected to condemn the violence specifically, instead opting to blame Trump’s rhetoric for ongoing, national demonstrations and subsequent damage.

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