CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund
Under the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, state and local governments received Coronavirus Relief Funds which is financial aid to address COVID-19 related economic impacts at the state and local levels. The Washington Department of Commerce (Commerce) oversees contracts with local governments to administer these funds. Jefferson County is under contract with Commerce to receive Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF) so that COVID-19 related costs and expenditures can be reimbursed. A link to a copy of that contract is available below along with guidance documents from Commerce and from the US Treasury Department.
UPDATE: County Board of Commissioners Make Decisions on Funding
The Jefferson County Board of Commissioners made final decisions on September 23, 2020 to fund projects using CARES Act CRF dollars. The Board ranked and funded as many projects proposed by the ICC six community groups as was possible given the limited amount of CRF available. A message on the final list of approved ranked projects for funding and the list itself is available HERE.
Working to Identify and Prioritize Jefferson County Community Needs Related to COVID-19
The Board of County Commissioners directed the COVID Finance Section and other staff to identify priority needs and projects that respond or mitigate the economic impacts of the COVID-19 public health emergency. The Jefferson County Administrator circulated a letter and talking points that requests immediate feedback on the COVID-19 related community needs and priorities. Here is the letter and talking points:
The Jefferson County Intergovernmental Coordinating Committee six community groups are helping the County identify priority needs and projects for the Board of County Commissioners consideration for funding. The six community groups are: Economy and Jobs; Children and Families; Broadband; Food System Resiliency; Human Services and, Culture and Events. These groups were asked to submit a prioritized list to the County Commissioner’s office by September 4, 2020.
Community Groups submittals on COVID-19 related needs and projects can be read HERE.
Other proposals were also sent in for consideration. Read the other proposals HERE.
Information from Jefferson County COVID-19 Pandemic Response and Recovery Finance Section. This is an informational page from the Jefferson County COVID-19 Pandemic Response and Recovery Finance Section. This group works on financial planning, analysis and on making recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners regarding the unexpected costs and expenditures resulting from the COVID-19 public health emergency. To find out about more COVID-19, please visit these other web pages designed to help Jefferson County residents find government information and assistance during the coronavirus pandemic:
- The Jefferson County Public Health Department,
- The Jefferson County Department of Emergency Management, and
- The Board of County Commissioners meeting videos for updates on briefings, Board discussions and final Coronavirus Relief Fund funding recommendations.