The Calhoun County School Board (CCSB) and City of Bristol beat the three-year statute of limitations deadline last week to file lawsuits against BP for damages from the Deepwater Horizon incident.
The CCSB is seeking $833,992 and the City of Bristol is suing for $61,755.
“As a direct result of the Deepwater Horizon incident, the CCSB suffered damages,” says Calhoun County School Superintendent Ralph Yoder. “As is the case with all school districts in Florida, the CCSB is primarily funded through property tax levied by the School District and the Florida Education Finance Program (FEFP) administered by the Florida Department of Education under provisions of Section 1011.62, Florida Statutes. The FEFP is primarily funded through the State of Florida's 6% sales tax on goods and services, the net proceeds from the Florida Lottery and the tax proceeds on slot machines in Broward and Miami-Dade Counties. Each of these revenue sources responsible for funding the CCSB were impacted by the incident. Furthermore, the State of Florida's economy is heavily dependent on tourism. Because of the Deepwater Horizon incident, tourism in the State of Florida was disparately impacted. In addition, many of the businesses within the State were impacted by a decline in tourism, a fear of Gulf seafood and a resultant slowdown of the county economy.”
Bristol City Clerk Robin Hatcher says a study was conducted to determine the amount of lost revenue to the community, resulting in the $61,755 figure in their lawsuit.