Federal Funding Needed To Support COVID-19 Response In Washtenaw County

Aug 28, 2020

Washtenaw County says federal funding is needed to continue offering COVID-19 response services. 

Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners Chair Jason Morgan says, since March, the county has spent about $11.5 million on COVID-19 response.  However, the county has not received direct funding from the federal CARES Act because Washtenaw County’s population is under 500,000.  Morgan says the board may consider placing a COVID-19 relief millage on the ballot next year. 

Commissioner Jason Morgan: We need to exhaust all possible options of current revenue and external sources from state and federal sources before we put a tax on the ballot.  And I don’t think we’ve done that quite yet, but our hope for support from the federal government is fading pretty quickly here.  

Since the pandemic started, the county has spent more money than usual on public health services, employee overtime, and housing support.

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— Jorge Avellan is a reporter for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him javellan@emich.edu