The Crawford County CARES Act Committee has announced that it will begin accepting applications for funds from local political subdivisions and public healthcare entities.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed on March 27, and when signed by President Donald Trump, established the Coronavirus Relief Fund and appropriated $150 billion for that fund. This fund is used to make payments for specified uses to states and certain local governments. The state of Missouri received about $2.3 billion of this fund and Crawford County’s share of that is $2.8 million.
Although the U.S. Treasury has only issued limited guidance on this funding, the key point is that it must be used for COVID-19-related expenditures. Crawford County has determined to allocate funding first to local political subdivisions (including school districts and first response agencies) and public health facilities.
The Crawford County Commission has established a committee to oversee the disbursement of these funds. Committee members are Lesa Mizell, Crawford County Emergency Management Director (EMD); Jared Boast, Crawford County Commissioner; Bill Lange; and Darrell Layman.
The committee met officially for the first time last week and has created the county’s application, which includes an extensive list of eligible expenses.
“We have money and we want to share it,” Mizell said on Monday.
The committee plans to meet weekly on Monday to review the applications that have been received. “Our goal is to make sure it is spent legally,” Mizell noted, as any funds that are not utilized appropriately will have to be returned. Lange added, “Our goal is to help people, not cut them off,” noting the committee will ask questions of the applicants, if needed.
“We want to help as many as we possibly can,” Mizell said. “We will review all applications – it will not be a fast process, but we will do it quickly as possible.” Applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision.
In Crawford County, political subdivisions and medical facilities are of the primary focus to receive funds, then potentially businesses, if funding is available. The funds can’t be used to make up for loss of revenue, and all expenses must be to address COVID-19-related issues.
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