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State to distribute $644.6M in federal aid to local governments

29 July 2020 Covid19 Luray/Page County Shenandoah County Front Royal/Warren County Winchester Frederick County Clarke County News

Gov. Northam announced yesterday that the state will distribute $644.6 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds to local governments in its second and final round of allocations.

The money is the second half of the $1.3 billion in federal aid under the CARES Act that Virginia is allocating for local governments navigating the COVID-19 pandemic. The state distributed $644.6 million to localities in early June, based on population.

“Virginia was one of the first states to provide such a large share of its federal aid directly to local governments,” said Northam in a news release. “We are committed to making sure localities of all sizes get the assistance they need to respond to COVID-19 and keep Virginians safe during these unprecedented times.”

Similar to the first round, the second round of funding will be allotted based on population and will be equivalent to the amount each locality received in the first round.

To receive the second allocation, localities must submit a new certification form and complete an online survey regarding the use of their relief fund dollars.

“Local governments are responsible for spending the money they receive, and we need them to step up and make sure that these federal dollars are going to the right places,” said Secretary of Finance Aubrey Layne. “Localities must be able to demonstrate to taxpayers that they are spending these funds wisely.”

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