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CARES Act reimbursements for COVID costs

Jennifer Moonsong

Central Division

General Manager

Jobe Publishing, Inc.


Metcalfe County, other local towns and counties amongst recipients

Monday Gov. Beshear and the Department of Local Government (DLG) announced that 23 Western Kentucky governments were approved for $14,445,419 in reimbursements from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

Amongst the towns and counties to receive the reimbursements were Metcalfe County, Barren County, City of Horse Cave, the City of Glasgow, and the City of Tompkinsville.

These timely reimbursements will bring much-needed relief to much of the state, serving as an offset to the unexpected cost of dealing with the COVID pandemic.

“Our local governments have been lifelines in our communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, which is why this funding is so important,” said Gov. Beshear, in a press release. “We are grateful for their hard work and dedication to keeping Kentuckians safe.”

Metcalfe County will receive $175,332 and plans to use it for PPE, food delivery, and payroll expenses.

According to Judge/Executive Hale, Barren County will use $512,399 for PPE, telework supplies, cleaning materials, and payroll expenses.

“I would just like to thank everyone for all the work they have been doing and continue to do with the CARES application and process,” said Hale. “We appreciate the work the Department for Local Government has done thus far and are looking forward to working with them in the future.”

The City of Glasgow has similar plans for their $ 1,037,178 reimbursement. According to the press release, the monies will pay for equipment to enable virtual meetings, payroll for police officers and firefighters, PPE, and sanitizing supplies.

Horse Cave will use $97,051 for PPE, telework supplies, and payroll for police officers.

“We are most appreciative to receive these funds to purchase and cover essential needs for our city,” said Horse Cave Mayor Randall Curry. “Purchase of personal protective equipment has been very much one of our greatest needs during this very trying time in city government.”

The City of Tompkinsville will use their $158,373 for police payroll, laptops, and sanitizing supplies.

These reimbursements were received by way of an application process, and in order to be a recipient, government entities had to apply.

Since the application was released in May, DLG has received more than 200 applications for reimbursement from city and county governments across the commonwealth.

For additional information and to apply for reimbursement, visit DLG’s website.


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