Local governments receive federal reimbursement for COVID-19 expenses

Published: Jun. 2, 2020 at 4:18 PM CDT
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Grayson County and the City of Sherman both voted to receive funds from the federal government to reimburse COVID-19 related expenses.

"We're using federal dollars to help offset local dollars that otherwise the tax payer would be paying," Grayson County Judge Bill Magers said.

Magers said through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security, or CARES Act, the county is eligible for reimbursement up to $2.2 million.

Tuesday, county commissioners approved the county's acceptance of 20 percent of that money.

"We will be receiving $440,000 up front for money that we have incurred, for expenses that we've incurred," Magers said. "Moving forward the way this works is if we spend the money, we will be reimbursed for the money."

He said it will mostly go toward payroll expenses and personal protective equipment.

The act allocates $55 per person, and Grayson County's numbers are based on people living outside of city limits.

"Even though our monies are based on the non-incorporated areas, Grayson County provides services for all county residents our health department, justice facilities, the sheriff's department.," Magers said.

Each city is also allocated money per capita.

The city of Sherman is eligible for up to $2.4 million in reimbursements.

"Twenty percent of that of course we could get up front, we don't think our Corona expenses within city government have risen anywhere near that level, we think it's probably more around $100,000," City of Sherman spokesperson Nate Strauch said.

Strauch said the money would mostly go toward PPE, and COVID-19 related overtime.