Posted: July 31, 2020 | 10:00 a.m.
By Rodney Robinson
DINWIDDIE — Talks began Tuesday night amongst Dinwiddie County Board of Supervisors members, regarding the allocation of COVID-19 relief funds for the county.
County Administrator Kevin Massengill gave an update on the CARES funding plan for the county at the meeting. Dinwiddie received nearly $2.5 million in local allocations from the CARES act.
On May 12, Secretary of Finance Aubrey Layne Jr. provided a notice regarding local allocations for Federal CARES Coronavirus Relief Funds. Allocations were sent to states based on population. Virginia received approximately $3.1 billion, not including Fairfax county who received $200 million directly. Dinwiddie received $2.49 million and its share was executed on May 19, 2020.
There are requirements for how counties and states can use the fund to cover costs. Three methods counties can use the fund for are:
- Expenditures incurred due to the public health emergency for COVID-19.
- Funds that are not accounted for in the budget most recently approved as of March 27, 2020.
- If costs were incurred during the period that begins on March 1, 2020 and ends on December 30, 2020.
Massengill provided a potential plan before the board on how the funds can be allocated in the county. There are about $333,000 in expenses to date, directly related to COVID-19. This makes up 13% of the funds from the CARES act. There’s $966,000, in process, that directly goes toward COVID-19 efforts. This accounts for 39 percent of the allocated funds for the COVID relief fund.
Massengill shared that there’s a plan for additional projects and initiatives also. Some items include potential smart busses, additional business grants, additional parks and recreational supplies and 35 electrostatic foggers for bus and classrooms. This accounts for a little over $662,000, which makes up 27 percent of the allocation. The remaining 21 percent of the COVID relief will go toward potential projects accounting for $528,000. The possible contingency plans have not been decided upon, as talks will continue.
The board has until Dec. 30 to spend all allocated funds.