That includes an original allocation of $1.8 million doled out in July and another allocation of $900,000 as the state released more of that federal relief funding to local governments.
Late last month, $769,496 of that relief money was transferred to the Clark County general fund to mainly cover payroll expenses directly related to the pandemic, Hutchinson said.
That could include hours worked by employees engaged in tasks that normally would not have been done if the pandemic was not happening.
The county referred to this as its ‘first phase’ of reimbursements.
After funding from phase two is redistributed to government officials, the county will have roughly $600,000 remaining in CARES funding. Hutchinson said the county is still working to determine what program to spend the money on, however, some ideas have already been tossed around.
“It might include some type of rent assistance, economic support to small businesses, hot-spots for schools, different ideas we are going to try to come up with so we can implement them really quickly,” Hutchinson said. “There are some great ideas from other communities that have done similar projects after they have reimbursed county entities.”
The county has until Dec. 31 to spend the money. Whatever money remains will be returned and redistributed to other local governments that have already spent their allocations.
The funding cannot be used to fill in gaps in general fund budgets due to a drop in tax collections.
Money was distributed using the state formula that determines how much entities get in local government funding.