Reimbursing plan receives panel backing

U.S. funds would address virus costs of cities, counties

By Michael R. Wickline
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Arkansas' cities and counties would collectively be eligible for reimbursement for up to $150 million in federal funds for coronavirus-related expenses under a plan endorsed Wednesday by a steering committee appointed by Gov. Asa Hutchinson.

Cities would be eligible for up to $75 million of the funds, while counties would be eligible for the other half under the proposal.

"We have such a short time frame to turn this around, that we aspire to do ... this as quick a process as possible so that any money that is not used by cities and counties can quickly get turned back to the CARES Act steering committee for distribution elsewhere," said Chris Villines, executive director of the Association of Arkansas Counties. READ MORE.

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