COLUMBUS – State Rep. Jon Cross (R-Kenton) today announced the General Assembly approved House Bill 614, which provides $650 million of federal CARES Act funding to local communities across Ohio for COVID-19 pandemic-related expenses.
“Local governments are best served to know the individual needs of our communities,” said Cross. “These funds will help our state recover and ensure Ohioans are getting the services and resources they need.”
The funding will be made available to counties, municipalities, and townships for pandemic-related expenses incurred between March 1st and the end of 2020. The aid is being distributed on a per-capita basis.
According to the legislation, local communities are eligible for up to the following amounts:
.Hancock County – $2,730,897
.Hardin County – $1,130,261
.Logan County – $1,645,825
H.B. 614 will also improve Ohio’s unemployment compensation system by creating the Unemployment Compensation Modernization and Improvement Council to evaluate the claim filing process and technological infrastructure. Under the bill, the Auditor of State is required to examine and make recommendations on the efficiency of the process, and the Director of Job and Family Services is required to create a constituent referral system and strategic staffing plan to further assist Ohioans.
“The current unemployment compensation system failed countless Ohioans, and I am thankful we took steps today to ensure that will never happen again,” added Cross.
The legislation contains an emergency clause and will be effective immediately upon the Governor’s signature.