At their meeting on Tuesday, the Stevens County Board of Commissioners discussed what to do with the nearly $1.2 million in federal CARES Act funding that is coming the county’s way. The money is meant to assist entities who have had to take measures to deal with the pandemic. County Coordinator Rebecca Young told the KMRS Community Connection that there are many tricky things the county needs to finesse.

“I think the challenging part for government units is, we’re getting a lot of money in a very short amount of time with very limited guidance and we have to try and get that out into the communities,” said Young.

The commissioners decided to hold an extra meeting to establish some budgeting guidelines and also to form two subcommittees, one to handle for profit and not for profit businesses, and another to deal with internal and external expenditures.

“I kind of use the example of buckets,” Young continued. “And we’re going to put some money in business relief, and response and recovery for the county, and increasing tele-service capabilities for the public, social distancing measures throughout the building. So, we’re going to kind of budget money for each of those buckets.”

Young said there will be a lot of work to document where all the money goes for auditing purposes. To avoid duplication, the county will be working with other government entities like the cities and townships.

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