11 towns get $9.2 million in COVID reimbursements

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ/Press Release) – Eleven Northern Kentucky local governments were cleared Tuesday for $9.2 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act reimbursement for expenses related to COVID-19, according to the state Department for Local Government.

(DLG), today, Gov. Andy Beshear announced 11 Northern Kentucky governments were approved for $9,249,838 in reimbursements from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act for local governments with expenses related to COVID-19.

“Our local governments have been lifelines in our communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, which is why this funding is so important,” Gov. Andy Beshear said in announcing the $9,249,838 in reimbursements.

DLG Commissioner Dennis Keene said the reimbursements are essential for local governments.

“We know our local governments are experiencing decreases in revenue, making this funding even more important while we combat this virus,” said DLG Commissioner Dennis Keene.

The reimbursements include:

Boone County
Boone County will use $4,547,924 for payroll expenses.

Carroll County
Carroll County will use $361,945 for test site costs, PPE, sanitizing supplies, payroll for law enforcement and EMS workers and telework supplies.

Gallatin County
Gallatin County will use $298,956 for payroll for the sheriffs department and EMS workers.

“The CARES Act funding that Gallatin County received has been a tremendous help, specifically to our first responders,” said Gallatin County Judge/Executive Ryan Morris. “With this funding, we were able to protect those folks on the front lines with payroll increased, number of hours increased, hazard pay for 3 months and necessary ambulance equipment.”

Pendleton County
Pendleton County will use $83,168 for sneeze guards and payroll for the sheriffs department.

Bellevue will use $415,044 for payroll for police officers and firefighters.

Butler will use $7,574 for payroll for law enforcement.

Crescent Springs
Crescent Springs will use $132,971 for payroll for police officers.

Edgewood will use $627,959 for PPE, sanitizer, telework supplies and payroll for first responders.

Florence will use $2,335,449 for payroll for police officers, firefighters and EMS workers.

“As we all face the uncertainty of the long-term impacts of this pandemic, this reimbursement allows us to continue to provide public safety services to our residents and the community at large,” said Florence Mayor Diane Whalen.

Highland Heights
Highland Heights will use $344,022 for PPE, sanitizer, telework supplies, paid leave for a quarantined employee and payroll for police officers.

Warsaw will use $94,826 for PPE and payroll for the police department.

Since the application was released in May, DLG has received more than 200 applications for reimbursement from city and county governments across the commonwealth that are pending approval until all documentation is submitted.

In addition, 134 applications have already been approved totaling $66,601,727.

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