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Washtenaw County Hopes To Get Reimbursed For COVID-19 Expenses

Jun 22, 2020

The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners says state and federal aid will be essential to continue offering COVID-19 response services.  

Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners Chair Jason Morgan says the county sent FEMA a $5.8 million expense report with the hope of getting 75% of that reimbursed.  The funding was used for COVID-19 testing to purchase personal protective equipment and to pay county staff overtime for working around the clock during the pandemic.  Morgan explains what would happen if they don’t get reimbursed for the unexpected expenses.

Board Chair Morgan: I think we would have to look at additional revenue, or look at shifting resources, or just using our fund balance in our reserve. 

The county did receive about $5 million from the federal government to provide shelter to the homeless during the pandemic and for other housing projects.  And while the county is expecting some funding from the state, they don’t know how much that will be or when it will be awarded.

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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