Wiggam Supports COVID-19 Relief Funding for Wayne County
State Rep. Scott Wiggam (R-Wayne County) announces that he recently supported and 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. The funding will be made available to counties, municipalities, and townships throughout Wayne County.
“I was proud to ensure that we help our local governments deal with the economic downturn from the pandemic as a result of the shutdown,” said Wiggam.
The funding is for COVID-19 pandemic-related expenses incurred by local governments between March 1 and the end of 2020 while unused dollars will be returned to the state.
In total, the 1st Ohio House District is set to receive approximately $8.3 million in funding from the legislation. The allocations for the area includes:
- Wayne County - $4,169,696
- Apple Creek Village - $42,522
- Burbank Village - $7,135
- Congress Village - $6,378
- Creston Village - $74,666
- Dalton Village - $68,035
- Doylestown Village - $110,522
- Fredericksburg Village - $14,847
- Marshallville Village - $27,964
- Mount Eaton Village - $8,432
- Orrville City - $303,385
- Rittman City - $230,232
- Shreve Village - $54,774
- Smithville Village - $45,369
- West Salem Village - $54,450
- Wooster City - $951,127
- Baughman Township - $105,909
- Canaan Township - $97,801
- Chester Township - $111,603
- Chippewa Township - $255,277
- Clinton Township - $56,576
- Congress Township - $101,945
- East Union Township - $207,710
- Franklin Township - $141,476
- Green Township - $123,170
- Milton Township - $110,197
- Paint Township - $107,711
- Plain Township - $112,648
- Salt Creek Township - $142,017
- Sugar Creek Township - $173,909
- Wayne Township - $150,017
- Wooster Township - $171,746
The measure is similar to the approval of $350 million to help local governments by the Ohio House under House Bill 481, including the work of first responders and other local services that have been vital in areas across Ohio. Wiggam supported the measure and it was signed into law over the summer.
House Bill 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, which is expected later this week.