As we all continue to address the new challenges before us due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Marion County Board of County Commissioners want to share the latest information regarding the CARES Act funding allocated to Marion County.
On June 16, 2020, the county commissioners entered into an agreement with the Florida Division of Emergency Management (DEM) as the recipient of the federally appropriated funding resulting from the CARES Act. The total allocation for Marion County is $63,790,716, as determined by the State. Those funds will be made available to municipalities, organizations, businesses and individuals on a reimbursement basis subject to all the conditions and eligibility as stated in the Act and mentioned below.
Marion County is in receipt of the initial disbursement of 25% ($15,947,679) of the total allocation to the county with the remaining balance to be processed by reimbursement. The CARES Act, provides that payments from the fund may only be used to cover costs that:
Are necessary expenditures incurred due to the public health emergency with respect to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Were not accounted for in the budget most recently approved as of March 27, 2020, and
Were incurred during the period that begins on March 1, 2020 and ends on Dec. 30, 2020.
The federal guidance for state, territorial, local and tribal governments which Marion County will follow for disbursement may be reviewed here.
On July 7, the county commission approved a preliminary reimbursement plan for the submission of expenditures and the process for disbursement within the following categories:
- General government expenses
- Emergency food distribution
- Individual & family housing assistance
- Human services assistance
- Restart small business grant
- Business grants
- Countywide testing
- Non-congregate sheltering
- Re-employment training
- Broadband enhancements