Counties: Proposed Reimbursement Model for CARES Funds Too Slow

Counties react to guidance from the State this week that county CARES funds would be available as reimbursements – meaning the county must spend its own funds first, and then apply to the State for potential reimbursement. Counties fear this will halt or delay important relief efforts and programs, for lack of cash flow or uncertainty about State process.

The letter, sent today and signed by 28 chief elected officials of 22 counties, urges a more flexible process for distribution of the federal CARES funds allocated to 19 counties. (The largest five jurisdictions received their allocation directly from the US Department of Treasury)

Here is the county letter, in its entirety, and the substance excerpted below:


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Michael Sanderson

Executive Director Maryland Association of Counties