COLUMBUS— State Senator Matt Dolan (R-Chagrin Falls) today announced the Senate's unanimous passage of his legislation, providing an additional $650 million of federal CARES Act funding to local communities across Ohio for COVID-19 pandemic-related expenses.
The funding in Senate Bill 357 will be made available to counties, municipalities and townships for necessary expenses associated with the current public health emergency and will be distributed on a per capita basis.
"This virus is now in every corner of our state. Local jurisdictions throughout Ohio bear the COVID-19 related financial burdens to maintain safety, employment, and operations," said Dolan. "These funds continue the state's commitment to be partners with our local governments to manage through this crisis."
Senate Bill 357 will be the fourth round of coronavirus relief funding following the General Assembly’s approval in June of $350 million through House Bill 481, the state Controlling Board’s recent authorization of $175 million providing for counties, municipalities and townships and the state Controlling Board's approval of $54.5 million specifically for local health departments.
This funding excludes Ohio’s six jurisdictions with populations over 500,000 because they already qualify for direct payments from the CARES Act; this includes the city of Columbus, and Cuyahoga, Franklin, Hamilton, Montgomery and Summit county governments. Municipalities and townships within these counties, however, are still eligible for the funding appropriated in this legislation.