COLUMBUS- Today, State Representative Jack Cera (D-Bellaire) announced the passage of SB 310 yesterday in the Ohio House of Representatives.  The bill appropriates $350 million from the federal CARES Act to counties, municipalities and townships to help offset expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Cera said the funding is necessary to assist local governments struggling to deal with increased costs caused by the pandemic.  The CARES Act dollars can be used for expenses related to personnel, services and other costs.  The bill also allows local governments to provide small business loans to keep businesses afloat and to help offset public health expenses caused by the pandemic.

“The funding allocated for local governments in this bill is necessary to help in the re-opening phase of the state.  The dollars will be well spent in providing vital resources to local residents and businesses,” said Cera.

The bill also included $1.28 billion in re-appropriation dollars, which includes Public Works Commission funding.  The state’s re-appropriations dollars fund ongoing projects through the biennium ending June 30, 2022.   The Public Works dollars will help in constructing water lines, sewers, bridges and other local infrastructure needs.

“By continuing to finance these projects, we can help create jobs to keep the economy going,” said Cera. 

The Senate will be asked to concur on SB 310 next week.

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