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City Spent Nearly $2M of COVID Relief Funds

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The City of College Park gave out more than $1.9 million to its residents and businesses affected by the current COVID 19 pandemic.

Under the U.S. CARES Act, Prince George’s County received a direct allocation from the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) to cover necessary expenditures directly related to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

The County decided to allocate $15 million of its CRF funding to its 27 municipalities. The funds were allocated to each municipality on a per capita basis. College Park’s share of the funding was $1,965,000.

Municipalities were required to submit, by May 22, 2020, a plan of expenditures for which the municipality would seek reimbursement, up to the maximum allotted. Expenditures eligible for reimbursement had to be directly related to COVID-19; incurred between March 1, 2020, through December 15, 2020; and not previously budgeted.

In total, the City spent and was reimbursed for $1,909,320. This amounts to 97.2% of the total CRF allocation. Highlights of the expenditures, accounting for $1.68 million (88%).

– Small business assistance grants …………$1,156,583
– Financial assistance to families/individuals … 194,437
– Financial assistance for food delivery ………. 174,000
– Personal protective equipment, etc. ……….. 151,638

A significant amount of staff time was involved in processing the business grants and family financial assistance applications. Numerous communications with applicants were required; learning the requirements of this new act, and creating an internal review process took an inordinate amount of time that was not anticipated. Unfortunately, the CRF did not provide reimbursement for this.

At this week’s meeting, the Council introduced an Ordinance 21-O-02, to amend the Fiscal Year 2021 Operating Budget with the above-mentioned expenses. A public hearing on this ordinance will be scheduled for February 9, 2021

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