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Chesterfield seeks public input on how to spend $50m in CARES Act funding

Posted at 11:44 AM, Aug 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-05 18:26:33-04

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- Chesterfield County is seeking the public's input on how to best spend nearly $50 million in federal CARES Act funding.

The county announced they have received an additional $30 million in funding, bringing their total benefits to about $60 million.

It’s part of the overall $645 million the state was awarded in late July.

The county has spent roughly $10 million on initiatives and regional partnerships to help county residents and businesses struggling financially as a result of COVID-19.

That leaves the county will nearly $50 million available to spend.

"But before county leaders and officials devise a comprehensive plan on how to spend the CARES Act money, which can be used for enhancing community and customer service or continued virus mitigation, it wants to hear from county residents and businesses about where to prioritize the funds," said a county spokesperson in a release.

The Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors will seek input from the public during a public hearing scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 26 at 6 p.m.

Residents and businesses can submit comments in person at the Public Meeting Room at 10001 Iron Bridge Road on Aug. 26.

Officials say seating will be limited to practice social distancing and masks and temperature checks will be required before entering the building.

Residents are also encouraged to participate in the meeting by submitting comments via the online form that will be available beginning Aug. 20. Residents without internet access may call in comments and leave a message at 804-748-1808.

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