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In a 4-1 vote Monday night, the Waxahachie City Council voted to allow Mayor David Hill or his designee to file an application for funds from the Coronavirus Relief Fund or other funds providing grants for COVID-19 related costs. Council member Melissa Olson voted against the item.

According to the Texas Division of Emergency Management website, the Coronavirus Relief Fund is part of the CARES Act. The fund can be used to make payments for specified uses to states and local governments.

In the CRF, $11 billion has been allocated to the state of Texas. Early on, the U.S. Treasury managed the initial distribution to states and jurisdictions with populations above 500,000. Cities in Texas that have received funding include Austin, Fort Worth and Houston; counties that have received funding include Collin, Tarrant, Harris and Travis.   

If approved for funding, the city of Waxahachie can use funds for medical and public health expenses, payroll expenses for public safety public health, healthcare, human services and similar employees whose services are substantially dedicated to mitigating or responding to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Funds can also be used to facilitate compliance with COVID-19-related health measures, expenses associated with the provision of economic support in connection with the COVID-19 public health emergency and any other expenses reasonably necessary to the function of government that satisfy the fund’s eligibility criteria.

More information about the Coronavirus Relief Fund or the CARES Act can be found online at

www.tdem.texas.gov/crf.

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