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CARES Act

Local Government Assistance

The Will County Board has allocated a portion of the funds it received from the Coronavirus Relief Fund to reimburse local governmental units for direct expenses related to COVID-19.

Payments from the Coronavirus Relief Fund can only be used to cover expenses that:

  1. are necessary expenditures incurred due to the public health emergency with respect to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19);
  2. were not accounted for in the budget most recently approved as of March 27, 2020, for the State or government; and
  3. were incurred during the period that begins on March 1, 2020, and ends on December 30, 2020.

Additional guidance has been provided in the form of Treasury’s Guidance, Frequently Asked Questions, and Reporting/Record Retention Requirements. Three key points:

  1. CRF regulations allow the County to determine who is eligible to receive funds and the amount of funds.
  2. CRF regulations do not allow the County to add restrictions to the use of funds by municipalities/units of government, other than as needed to ensure compliance per FAQs.
  3. Funds cannot be used to make up for lost revenue, including non-payment of utility bills and property taxes.

More information is available on the Treasury’s Website.

https://home.treasury.gov/​policy-issues/​cares/​state-and-local-governments

Coronavirus Relief Fund Guidance for State, Territorial, Local, and Tribal Governments Updated June 30, 2020

Coronavirus Relief Fund Frequently Asked Questions Updated as of July 8, 2020