FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) - Sixteen northern Kentucky governments have applied for nearly $7 million in reimbursements from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, known as the CARES Act, for local government expenses related to COVID-19.
Five of them received final approval for reimbursement for a total of $1.3 million, it was announced on Tuesday. Eleven others have received preliminary approval, meaning they will receive reimbursements once final documentation is submitted to the Kentucky Department for Local Government.
“Our local governments have been lifelines in our communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, which is why this funding is so important,” said Gov. Andy Beshear. “We are grateful for their hard work and dedication to keeping Kentuckians safe.”
According to DLG Commissioner Dennis Keene, these 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 crisis,” he stated. “Our staff is working diligently to make the process simple and efficient so we can get reimbursements out the door to our cities and counties as quickly as possible.”
The five local governments who have received final approval and their amounts include:
--The City of Fort Mitchell will receive $592,653 in reimbursements to cover payroll expenses for police officers and costs incurred to sanitize public spaces and ensure social distancing.
--The City of Villa Hills will use $239,962 to reimburse payroll expenses for police officers, firefighters and EMS workers.
--The City of Williamstown will receive $227,989 in reimbursements for police, fire and EMS payroll.
--The City of Wilder will receive $220,753 in reimbursements, which will cover the cost of PPE for the city and payroll expenses for police officers who have dedicated significant time to combatting COVID-19.
--Mason County will use $46,000 to reimburse expenses for PPE, signage to encourage social distancing, technology expenses to allow telework, disinfecting supplies and payroll for temporary employees necessary to combat COVID-19.
Those who have been granted preliminary approval and are expected to have final approval once they submit outstanding documentation to DLG, are:
The cities of Florence, Erlanger, Alexandria, Fort Wright, Highland Heights, Elsmere, Southgate, Edgewood and Covington. Grant and Pendleton counties are the others.
Since the application was released in May, DLG has received approximately 100 applications for reimbursement from city and county governments across Kentucky, that are pending approval until all documentation is submitted.