County Receives $90 Million in CARES Funding to Support COVID-19 Response

Adams County has received $90 million from the federal government under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The funding will cover costs that are necessary to respond to the ongoing public health emergency related to COVID-19. The county will distribute 45% of the allocated funds to municipalities that were ineligible to receive direct funding under the CARES Act. Specific allocation details will be released in the next week and will follow similar distribution formulas used by the county when allocating funds to Adams County municipalities.

“Cities and counties are truly on the front line of dealing with this pandemic and this funding will help Adams County and our municipal partners rise to the occasion to meet the needs of their communities as we all work together to defeat the virus and maintain services critical to our residents,” said Board Chair Emma Pinter.

County leadership will finalize the distribution formula and the amount of CARES funding each municipality will receive later this week and plans to introduce a resolution for consideration by the Board of County Commissioners at public hearing on Tuesday, May 5.

“As we do on so many issues, we worked directly with our partners in the municipalities to finalize the approach we will present to the board,” said County Manager Raymond Gonzales. “We believe allocating these funds using an equitable formula reflects the spirit and intent of the federal legislation.”

While federal guidance on the use of these funds is limited, eligible costs run from March 1 through Dec. 30 and include COVID-19 public health emergency expenses related to medical needs, public health, public safety, and compliance with public health measures. The funding cannot be used to cover projected revenue losses, such as loss of property tax revenue or sales tax revenue.