St. Louis County, MO (October 20, 2020) – Following last month’s announcement that federal CARES Act funds were cleared for distribution to St. Louis County munici palities the County CARES team has made the first nine payments to local communities.
“The County CARES teams are working to make certain federal CARES Act funds are distributed in ways that meet pressing needs with an eye toward equity,” said County Executive Dr. Sam Page “We are continually improving our processes to help our communities weather the COVID 19 pandemic.”
St. Louis County co mmitted support to municipalities from the beginning of the COVID 19 pandemic and has been partnering with municipal stakeholders to quickly fund the areas of highest need. Federal CARES A ct funds were made available to reclaim public health and safety expenses that went toward mitigating the COVID 19 emergency. Of the $173 million received by St. Louis County, $47 million was set aside for the 88 municipalities in St. Louis County.
Eighty three municipalities submitted applications. The first nine payments totaled just over $5 million. The cities of Ballwin, Chesterfield, Crestwood, Des P eres, Glendale, Norwood Court, Pasadena Park, Shrewsbury, and University City were wired the funds requested overnight Friday, October 16. “
It’s been such a pleasure for all of us to work so closely with the municipalities and to be able to get them some relief for these unexpected COVID 19 expenses,” said Joan Kelly Horn, Municipal Relief Program Manager for St. Louis County C ARES. “Having a pool of funds available that aren’t competitive ensures we can alleviate some of the burden on their budgets.”
There are presently 74 municipal applications still in process. The St. Louis County Municipal Relief Program team has been working diligently to ensure that each municipality that applied has every opportunity for t heir request to be funded.
For more information on the St. Louis County Municipal Relief Program, visit www.stlcorona.com/municipal