The city of Richmond has recently received $2.5 million in reimbursements for expenses related to COVID-19. The Kentucky Department for Local Government approved Richmond's application and administered the funds for reimbursement.
"The city of Richmond is grateful that during these times, which are unusual for us all, that those who make our laws and administer them have made it possible to reimburse the unexpected expenses the City has incurred during this time," said Mayor Robert Blythe.
The funds were made available through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act for local governments with expenses related to the ongoing pandemic.
"Ninety-eight percent of the $2.5 million goes toward covering public safety during this pandemic. The other 2% goes toward Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for employees and technology that is used for virtual meetings," City Manager Rob Minerich said.
During the City Commission's October 13th meeting, the Commission voted to approve applying for the remaining $81,009 in CARES Act reimbursements that have been made available through the Department for Local Government.