Clark County Public Information Office Michael Cooper told the News-Sun that the drop in sales tax revenue greatly contributed to the overall revenue lost during the pandemic, as much of Clark County was staying home. Overall, the sales tax generates roughly $9 million annually, and money collected from tax makes up roughly 60% of the county’s general fund.
The commissioners also authorized the use of ARPA funds for the reimbursement of employee paid administrative leave resulting from anytime between March 3 and June 2 of this year, totaling nearly $54,000. The county’s paid administrative leave included employees who tested positive for COVID-19, as well as employees who were ordered to quarantine by the Clark County Combined Health District.
ARPA funds were also authorized for the purchase of electronic Emergency Medical Dispatch cards for the County Computer Assisted Dispatch system at the county’s new dispatch center, expected to open in 2022 on Home Road in the former Clark County Department of Job and Family Services Children’s Home.
The EMD cards, which in total will cost $125,000, will “allow the County dispatchers to provide pre-EMS medical direction to the caller, including COVID-19 response plans and explication,” the commissioner meeting agenda said.
By the numbers
$26M: Amount of money in American Rescue Plan Act funds allocated to Clark County
$1.6M: Initial Clark County disbursements form ARPA funds
$125,000: Amount allocated for emergency medical cards