State offers municipalities options for surplus CARES Act funding

Municipalities in Door County are learning about what they can do with surplus money from CARES Act funding they received. The CARES Act requires that funding be spent on necessary but unbudgeted expenditures incurred during the public health emergency. Gibraltar Deputy Clerk Kelly Murre says the Town of Gibraltar plans on using all of the $17,184 it was allocated, most of which went towards personal protection equipment, plexiglass shields, hand sanitizing stations, and virtual meeting tools. The Town of Sevastopol received $44,594 in funding from the CARES Act, but Clerk/Treasurer Amy Flok says it has only used $2,450 of it to install a window between her office and the rest of the hall to protect residents coming in to vote. She added they are speaking with Sevastopol School District to generate a list of supplies they need in order to use more of the funding allocated. State Senator Robert Cowles says that is a strategy more municipalities are being encouraged to use.

Cowles estimates five of the 17 school districts in his district are benefiting from the provision. Municipalities would have to approve the partnership with the school to donate the funds before the money gets sent back to the federal government on December 1st.

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