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Plummer Supports Over $4 Million in Local COVID-19 Relief Funding

September 23, 2020
Phil Plummer News

COLUMBUS – State Rep. Phil Plummer (R-Dayton) 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.

“Our local governments have been working hard to keep services running for Ohioans,” said Plummer. “These additional funds will provide relief as our communities continue to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The funding will be made available to counties, municipalities, and townships for expenses incurred between March 1st and the end of 2020. The aid is being distributed on a per-capita basis.

Ohio’s six jurisdictions with populations over 500,000, which includes Montgomery County, are excluded because they already qualify for direct payments from the CARES Act. However, municipalities and townships within the county are still eligible for the following funding appropriated in the bill:

- Clay Township – $130,125
- Clayton City – $476,465
- Englewood City – $484,140
- Huber Heights City (Part) – $1,338,079
- Phillipsburg Village – $19,820
- Riverside City – $905,686
- Union City (Part) – $247,385
- Vandalia City – $540,428
- Verona Village (Part) – $2,739

H.B. 614 will also improve Ohio’s unemployment compensation system by creating the Unemployment Compensation Modernization and Improvement Council to evaluate the claim filing process and technological infrastructure.

Under the bill, the Auditor of State is required to examine and make recommendations on the efficiency of the process, and the Director of Job and Family Services is required to create a constituent referral system and strategic staffing plan to better serve Ohioans.

The legislation contains an emergency clause and will be effective immediately upon the Governor’s signature.