Local government units received additional funding from the CARES Act in the past week. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress and signed by the president in March to provide funding to provide assistance to local governments, businesses and individuals incurring expenses because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The city of Jamestown recently received $616,000 based on the payroll for licensed law enforcement officers for the months of August, September and October. The funding can be used by the city to cover coronavirus related costs and other expenses.
Jamestown Mayor Dwaine Heinrich said the funds could be used to bolster city reserves.
"No new projects," he said. "The budget is pretty tight to begin with."
Heinrich said the one possible project the city may consider is upgrading the communications equipment at City Hall. Recent attempts to hold virtual city meetings have been hampered by telephone and other communications equipment at City Hall, he said.
Stutsman County received $257,000 from the CARES Act this week, according to Jessica Alonge, acting Stutsman County auditor.
Alonge anticipates the county will receive a payment equivalent to the law enforcement payroll for November and December in the future.
"The county commission hasn't decided what they'll do with it," she said. "There have been a lot of extra expenses with COVID."
Stutsman County also received a grant for $9,900 to cover additional election expenses related to the coronavirus pandemic. The amount was based on the documented extra costs incurred during the primary election in June.
"It is reasonable to consider we had similar costs for the general election," Alonge said.
The city of Jamestown and Stutsman County received an early distribution of CARES Act funds in July, which were included in the budgeting process during planning for 2021 government operations.