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Missouri lawmakers helping people with propane bills

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As the price for propane continues to rise, thousands of Missourians are begging for relief.  Missouri lawmakers are doing everything they can to help people who use propane to heat their homes.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon recently put aside $15 million to help with the rising price of propane.  Right now, Missourians say the increasing cost every month is putting an extra burden on them.
 
Donald Rothweiler and Kerrie Cook's propane tank is dangerously low.

"We are three percent on our tank and we have three more storms coming and we have no means to get propane," Cook said.

Because prices are roughly $4 a gallon, refilling their tank is not an option. 

"It's tripled from last year.  Since December, it's just tripled.  Two hundred gallons in December last year was $413 and now it's almost $800."

NECAC coordinator Judy Eaton said the amount of people who still use propane is fairly high, particularly in Northeast Missouri. 

"Believe it or not a pretty high percentage because we are rural counties.  And so pretty much everyone outside the city limits of whatever is going to be using propane or wood," Eaton said. 
     
NECAC officials see hundreds of people coming in for assistance for propane costs.  It's something Eaton hasn't experienced before.

"It's worse in that if they could afford to buy their own maybe the second time, they did so.  But now it's a price they can't so now we're seeing repeats  more than ever probably before," Eaton said.

NECAC will be able to get its hands on some of that $15 million to help people with their heating bills.  However, right now they're not sure how much will be available.  Officials expect to offer more assistance sometime next week.
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