County, municipalities, townships to get additional $1.6 million in CARES Act funds

BATAVIA, OH (Aug. 25, 2020) — Clermont County, its municipalities and townships will receive another $1.6 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds after the State Controlling Board approved the disbursement of $175 million to Ohio counties, municipalities and townships on Aug. 24.

Counties and other local jurisdictions can expect to receive about half of what they received earlier this year from HB 481. Clermont County got $3.2 million, with about half going to the county and the remainder to municipalities and townships and a small business grant program. Governmental entities are using the money for COVID-19 related expenses such as salaries, supplies, equipment and a computer network upgrade.

Statutory limitations prevent the distribution of more than $180 million via the Controlling Board during this state fiscal year for a single purpose, according to the County Commissioners Association of Ohio (CCAO). Legislation will be required to distribute the remaining CARES Act funds, which total about $680 million.

CCAO anticipates introducing a bill in September to allocate the remaining CARES Act funds on a per-capita basis.