Today, Gov. Andy Beshear named 18 Eastern Kentucky governments that have been approved for $2,789,546 in reimbursements from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act for local governments with expenses related to COVID-19.
“Our local governments have been important partners during our fight against COVID-19,” said Gov. Beshear. “They have helped enforce guidelines, share information and keep Kentuckians safe. This funding ensures they can continue to do so while we remain diligent in our fight.”
Department for Local Government (DLG) Commissioner Dennis Keene said the reimbursements are essential for local governments. The Governor announced the reimbursements in collaboration with the DLG.
“We want every eligible local government to apply for reimbursement as soon as possible to ensure everyone has the necessary resources to combat COVID-19,” said Commissioner Keene.
Estill County is listed among the Kentucky counties that were approved for CARES Act funding and is expected to use the $249,768 reimbursement for sheriff and fire department payroll.
“We in Estill County want to thank the Department for Local Government for the direct input into our request for the CARES funding,” said Estill County Judge/Executive Donnie Watson. “The efficient and timely turnaround has been a great help to our county during the most challenging time of our lives.”
Owsley County was also included on the list, and they will utilize $58,703 for plexiglass installation, cleaning supplies and sheriff’s department payroll.
“Due to COVID-19, our revenues have decreased,” said Owsley County Judge/Executive Cale Turner. “The Coronavirus Relief Funds have been a huge blessing to our small county. These funds are being used to help support our law enforcement officers. Without these funds, our county would have a much greater struggle. We would like to express our gratitude to Gov. Beshear. Thank you for working so hard to help keep us safe.”