Reps. May, Davisson: Lawrence County, Communities Eligible For Pandemic Relief Funds

(STATEHOUSE) – Lawrence County and local communities are eligible for more than $2 million to cover COVID-19-related expenses through the federal stimulus package, according to State Reps. Chris May (R-Bedford) and Steve Davisson (R-Salem).

Indiana allocated $300 million in federal funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economics Security Act to counties and communities for reimbursement of expenditures related to the pandemic.

May said the funding, allocated based on population, cannot be used to replace lost tax revenue.

Rep. Chris May (R-Bedford)

“Our communities have stepped up to the task of minimizing the spread of this virus and expanding safety precautions for all Hoosiers,” May said. “Responding to this crisis has resulted in unexpected costs for many, but this funding can help our local officials cover some of those expenses.”

Lawrence County is eligible for $1,481,642 in reimbursement funding. In addition, these local communities are eligible to receive the following amounts:

  • Bedford $430,983
  • Mitchell $138,307
  • Oolitic $37,505

Davisson said local townships seeking reimbursement for eligible COVID-19 expenses should coordinate with their county government.

Rep. Steve Davisson (R-Salem)

“So far every community has been impacted differently by this disease,” Davisson said. “While we don’t know how costly the outbreak will be from town to town until it is over, our local governments should consider these funds as a way to recoup expenses related to COVID-19.”

The Indiana Finance Authority is in charge of implementing guidelines on how each county, city, and town can use the funding, as well as compiling reimbursement requests through accepted documentation including invoices.

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