Boone County officials announced the county has received more than $2.1 million in federal funds to reimburse COVID-19 expenditures.
The funds were granted through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, also known as the CARES Act, a $2.2 trillion economic stimulus bill passed in March in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“When this CARES Act came out, we were tasked with finding COVID-19-related expenses to apply for the CARES Act reimbursement,” Boone County Commissioner Jeff Wolfe said during the county council’s Dec. 8 meeting. “We felt we had a really good submission, and then about halfway through the process, the state of Indiana changed the process.”
Wolfe said state officials opted to review the county’s CARES Act submissions as one submission, rather than review each submission individually. The change required county officials to send another submission.
“That was a way for the state to get us money in a more time-friendly manner,” Wolfe said. “They could get us the money in one shot instead of going through multiple approval processes.”
After reviewing the county’s submission, the county was granted the full request of $2.173 million, county officials said. The reimbursement was received the week beginning Nov. 30, and the funds can only be used to reimburse COVID-19-related expenses.
“Now, we have actual expenses to date somewhere in the neighborhood of $850,000, which leaves us with $1.3 million left,” Wolfe said during the meeting.
The sheriff’s office and other county agencies report COVID-19-related expenditures each week and expect to continue for the foreseeable future. The county also is reimbursing some expenses for the Boone County 4-H Fairgrounds, which was used for various COVID-19 initiatives this year. The county’s 4-H fair and other annual events were canceled because of the pandemic.
“We can’t reimburse them for the lost revenue, but what we can do is help cover their expenses,” Wolfe said.