Both State and Local Officials Are Currently Seeking CARES Act Direction

When state officials in Missouri apportioned over $800 million of federal CARES Act funds to counties back in May they did so with few guidelines as to what the money could be used for rather than it could be used to pay for coronavirus related expenses. Local officials say, state officials are looking for guidance from officials with the federal government on how counties throughout the state can account for how they will use Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act funds. State officials have confirmed they are still waiting for the U.S. Treasury to provide them with more precise  guidelines as to what can be claimed as CARES funds and how reporting will happen, local officials say. Members of the Cape Girardeau County Commission have utilized several million dollars worth of the county’s CARES Act funds so they can recoup school districts, municipal governments and other organizations for their expenses they have incurred to buy personal protective equipment (PPE) and other COVID 19 related expenses. In addition, county officials have also apportioned funding to the county health department to provide funding for a countywide antibody study earlier in the summer season. Officials say the state of Missouri has kept an accounting firm that is currently instituting a data portal to be utilized by county governments to turn in reports every month on the totals and reasons for CARES Act expenses. Officials say they’ll be looking for an overview of the data along with a summation of what it was that was being reimbursed. They say the first report; will be due by September 21, 2020.

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