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BernCo Commission Approves CARES Grant - County Distribution is $31.8 Million

04/28/2020

On April 28, 2020, Bernalillo County commissioners approved and accepted the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) grant from the federal government.

CARES payments to states, local, and tribal governments are designed to offset the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Government entities that accept the CARES grant agree that the money will be used for directly related coronavirus expenses as follows:

  1. Necessary expenses due to a public health emergency
  2. Expenses that were not allocated for in the most recently approved budget – fiscal year 2021 budget approved by the County Commission on March 27
  3. Expenses that are incurred during the period from March 1 – Dec. 30, 2020

As required to receive reimbursement from the federal government, the Bernalillo County Finance Division has been tracking all expenses including equipment and supplies, employee work hours dedicated to COVID 19, and all other expenses related to the coronavirus.

“This is the opportunity for the county to recoup monies that have been spent managing the coronavirus outbreak in the county and keeping our residents safe,” says County Manager Julie Morgas Baca. “We have been working very closely with the City of Albuquerque and the State of New Mexico and this money will go a long way in offsetting the high cost of fighting this pandemic. I am very grateful to the New Mexico federal delegation for their guidance in this process.”

States, counties and cities with a population above 500,000 qualify for the grant. The amount distributed is based on the population within the jurisdiction of the government. Bernalillo County has more than 500,000 residents, but a majority fall within the city limits. Of the almost $200 million allocated in Bernalillo County, roughly $32 million went to the county with the rest going to the City of Albuquerque.

The item was approved on a 5 to 0 vote.

 

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