RESOLUTION NO. 20 - 29 RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR TO CERTIFY LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELIGIBILITY FOR THE CORONAVIRUS AID, RELIEF, AND ECONOMIC SECURITY ACT (CARES ACT); AND DIRECTING STAFF TO DEVELOP PROGRAMS TO ADDRESS COMMUNITY NEEDS THAT MAY BE FUNDED FROM CARES ACT PROCEEDS.
WHEREAS, on or about March 27, 2020, President Donald J. Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) into law; and
WHEREAS, Title V of the CARES Act provides for a Coronavirus Relief Fund, and appropriated $150,000,000,000 for States, Tribal governments, and units of local government, subject to some limitations;
WHEREAS, for a county to be eligible for the Coronavirus Relief Fund, it must have a population in excess of 500,000 and the Chief Executive Officer of the county must certify the county’s eligibility on a form created by the U.S. Treasury Department not later than 11:59 P.M. EDT on Friday April 17, 2020; and
WHEREAS, the population of Pinellas County is in excess of 500,000;
WHEREAS, the certification form requires that the Chief Executive Officer certify that:
WHEREAS, Pinellas County is estimated to be eligible to receive approximately $170,000,000 from this fund; and
WHEREAS, If a unit of local government of a State submits the certification required by the CARES Act for purposes of receiving a direct payment from the Secretary of Treasury, the Secretary shall reduce the amount determined for that State by local government amount and pay such amount directly to such unit of local government; and
WHEREAS, there has been no guidance or regulations from the Treasury Department on eligible uses for which local government portions of the CARES Act funding may be expended; and
WHEREAS, the CARES Act provides as guidance only that the local government shall use the funds to cover only those costs of the unit of local government that:
WHEREAS, it is in the interest of the County to ensure that it is eligible to receive these significant funds.
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of County Commissioners of Pinellas County, Florida, in a public meeting duly assembled this 16 day of April 2020, that:
Commissioner Eggers offered the foregoing Resolution and moved its adoption, which was seconded by Commissioner Peters, and upon roll call the vote was:
AYES: Gerard, Eggers, Justice, Long, Peters, Seel, and Welch.
ABSENT AND NOT VOTING: None.
Donald S. Crowell, Chief Asst. County Attorney: APPROVED AS TO FORM