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Rep. West announces $20,156,810 in COVID-19 relief funds for area local governments

September 24, 2020
Thomas West News

COLUMBUS – State Representative Thomas West (D-Canton) announced this week the passage of House Bill (H.B.) 614, legislation that allocates a total of $650 million in federal CARES Act relief funds for local governments in Ohio. The funds are to be used to offset costs faced by local governments directly caused by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Previously approved by the Ohio Senate, the bill now heads to the Governor’s desk.

The funds approved during Wednesday’s House session are set to be distributed to localities on a per capita basis. Local governments in House District 49 are estimated to receive the following amounts:

  • Stark County                         $13,355,063
  • Canton City                           $2,538,610
  • East Canton Village             $56,792
  • East Sparta Village              $28,793
  • Massillon City                      $1,174,189
  • Navarre Village                    $65,297
  • Bethlehem Township          $126,954
  • Canton Township                $450,339
  • Perry Township                    $1,009,938
  • Pike Township                      $113,044
  • Plain Township                    $1,237,792

“It was critical for us, as state legislators, to get this last round of desperately needed funding out to our local governments. Now, I look forward to seeing our local leaders quickly disburse this funding in a way that helps protect our communities’ health and safety, especially our minority populations, who have borne the brunt of this pandemic,” said Rep. West. “We must treat efforts to control the spread of Covid-19 as urgently as we did at the pandemic’s onset. That means ensuring that all of our communities have the resources necessary to do so.”

State lawmakers previously approved $350 million in federal CARES Act funds for local governments in June, as well as $175 million approved by the state Controlling Board in August, making H.B. 614 the latest relief package for Ohio localities responding to unprecedented costs incurred throughout the pandemic.