Senate District 17
Bob Peterson
Peterson Announces Ohio Senate Authorization of $350 Million in Relief Funding for Ohio's Local Communities
May 7, 2020

COLUMBUS—State Senator Bob Peterson (R-Washington Court House) announced that the Ohio Senate this week unanimously passed Senate Bill 310, authorizing the distribution of $350 million of federal CARES Act funding to local communities across Ohio for COVID-19 pandemic-related expenses.

This funding will be made available to counties, municipalities and townships for necessary expenses associated with the current public health emergency and will be distributed based on the proportion of Local Government Fund revenue allocated to them in 2019.

"I am glad to move this legislation providing relief and support to our partners in local government," Peterson said. "Senate Bill 310 gets essential funding into the hands of those bearing the brunt of this pandemic."

The County Commissioners Association, Ohio Mayors Alliance, Ohio Municipal League and the Ohio Township Association voiced their support for S.B. 310.

The funding authorized today excludes Ohio’s six jurisdictions with populations over 500,000 because they already qualify for a direct payment from 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 S.B. 310.

The legislation passed with an emergency clause, making the bill effective immediately upon being signed by the governor. The bill now moves to the Ohio House for consideration. For more information on S.B. 310, click here.
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