Commissioners take steps to receive CARES Act funds

BATAVIA, OH (June 25, 2020) – The Clermont County Board of County Commissioners yesterday set in motion the process for allowing county and local governmental entities to tap more than $3.2 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds. Of that, $1.56 million will be the county’s share and the remaining $1.65 million will be allocated among the townships and municipalities.

The board approved a resolution that fulfills requirements under a newly passed state law that establishes the process for receiving and expending the federal funds. Local jurisdictions must approve a similar resolution to qualify for funds.

The county and local government entities have until mid-October to spend or encumber the funds. Any funds not spent by then will be redistributed and must be spent by the end of the year.

Commissioners also established the Local Coronavirus Relief Fund and County Coronavirus Relief Distribution Fund for the CARES Act funds.

In addition, the board authorized Pam Haverkos, director, Clermont County Emergency Management Agency, to act as the authorized agent for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) disaster relief funds related to COVID-19. These funds provide reimbursement of 75 percent of eligible expenses, with a required local match of 25 percent.