State Rep. Gayle Manning (R-North Ridgeville) announced the General Assembly approved House Bill 614, which provides $650 million of federal CARES Act funding to local communities across Ohio for COVID-19 pandemic-related expenses.
“This year, we have consistently seen our General Assembly come together and provide these critical funds,” said Manning. “More of this funding will continue to help our local communities with the burdens brought on by COVID-19.”
The funding is for COVID-19 pandemic-related expenses incurred by local governments between March 1 and the end of 2020 while unused dollars will be returned to the state. The funding will be made available to counties, municipalities, and townships.
Some of the allocations for the area includes the following:
- Avon Lake - $883,020
- Elyria - $1,937,174
- Elyria Township – $114,450
- Carlisle Township – $266,520
- Grafton Village – $205,656
- North Ridgeville – $1,239,341
- Sheffield Village – $158,629
Manning also announced significant state Controlling Board funding back in August, which supported pandemic-related expenses, including the work of first responders and other local services that have been vital in areas across Ohio. Additionally, Manning voted earlier this year to support House Bill 481, which provided $350 million in CARES funding for counties, municipalities, and townships.
House Bill 614 will also improve Ohio’s unemployment compensation system. Due to COVID-19, the unemployment compensation system was completely overwhelmed by the mass amounts of unemployment claims filed by Ohioans. The legislation creates the Unemployment Compensation Modernization and Improvement Council to evaluate the claim filing process and technological infrastructure.
The legislation contains an emergency clause and will be effective immediately upon the Governor’s signature.