What do you think of the County’s plan to spend $135 million COVID-19 federal funding?

ACTION ALERT

Many people and businesses in Lee County are struggling during this unprecedented time. That makes the allocation of this $135 million one-time federal COVID-19 relief money (which the county received in early May) one of the most consequential decisions that this Board will make, and will affect the lives and livelihoods of many of our citizens and businesses as well as the economic future of this County. 

Even though the commissioners and staff have not asked for public input, it behooves every county citizen to weigh in on this crucial decision. What do you think of the County administration’s proposed plan for spending this money? Review their proposed plan by clicking the button below.

  • Do you think more of the funds should be allocated to assistance to individuals to help with rent, mortgage and utilities?
  • What about the allocation for small business grants?
  • The amount earmarked for PPE? 
  • Is the small amount for child care support adequate to meet the need for this assistance? 
  • What about other needs not explicitly identified in the plan?
    • Funding for food banks?
    • Assistance to the homeless impacted by COVID?
    • COVID-related mental health, domestic violence, and child abuse assistance?
  • What about reimbursing any COVID-related expenses incurred by municipalities and Constitutional Officers?
  • Are there other allowable expenditures that should be added to this list?

Share your ideas and comments now with the County Commission by phone, email, or in person before their meeting on May 19th.  To submit e-comments (due by 11 a.m. on Monday May 18th), click here: https://www.leegov.com/bocc/meetings/agendas/ecomments.

Info for Boxes
Agenda Date:  5/19/2020
Agenda Item: County Manager Items: Proposed Plan for Allocation of $135 M COVID relief funds

[note: the County’s agenda has not listed this as agenda item (their standard approach for COVID-19 issues) but it will be presented for approval during the generic “County Manager’s Items” at the end of the meeting (assuming they follow the agenda as presented)]

On May 19th the Board of County Commissioners plans to finalize the proposed spending plan unveiled by County staff at the May 12th BoCC meeting. View the plan by clicking the button below.

Background: Last week Lee Future issued an action alert prior to the May 12th meeting to discuss how the $135 million in federal CARES COVID-19 relief funding should be allocated.

Lee Future urged the Board to not develop a draft allocation plan until the major community partners had a seat at the table to help develop a communitywide plan.  We also urged the County Manager not to present a draft plan without an opportunity for public comment.

Instead, the administration proceeded to develop a plan without providing a draft in advance to either the community partners or the public, shared with the Board via a PowerPoint that was not available online until right before the May 12th meeting.

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To submit e-comments (due by 11 a.m. on Monday May 18th),
click below.

Info for Boxes
Agenda Date:  5/19/2020
Agenda Item: County Manager Items: Proposed Plan for Allocation of $135 M COVID relief funds

[Note: the County’s agenda has not listed this as an agenda item (their standard approach for COVID-19 issues) but it will be presented for approval during the generic “County Manager’s Items” at the end of the meeting (assuming they follow the agenda as presented)]

1 Comment

  1. carolyn gallagher on May 14, 2020 at 6:48 pm

    Priority should be given toward slowing or stopping the COVID19 spread. If we don’t get it manageable first, we will be paying the over and over for the same small businesses, child care, etc.as the virus ebbs & flows over time. If we hit it hard early as possible, we may save money and help the economy over time. I’m not saying don’t do any other things, just put the lions share into reducing the virus thru testing, tracking,etc.

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