County reallocates CARES Act funds away from households, businesses and testing

Escambia County Administrator Janice Gilley today asks the Board of County Commissioners to approve her attestation of how the county has spent or encumbered the first 25% of its share of the CARES Act.

Gilley has shifted nearly half of the $14,321,324 to Public Health & Safety – $7,525,136.00, for which the board had agreed  to spend only $1,432,132 in August.

Rapid Testing was supposed to get $2,148,199 but one $94,403 was spent or encumbered.  The allocation for Businesses was shorted $1.5 million – which the Board had approved in September to reallocate to families but Gilley shifted elsewhere.

Funds for food, rents and the homeless were also moved – going from $1,432,132 in August to only $21,485. The August budget had nothing for COVID-19 oversight. However, Gilley has spent or encumbered $100,000.

Comparison of Today’s Attestation and August Allocation

110181 Family CARES EFA $3,500,000   –   Aug Allocation: $3,580,331

110182 Business CARES EFA $2,080,300 – Aug Allocation: $3,580,331

110183 Rapid Testing $94,403 – Aug Allocation: $2,148,199

110184 Escambia Serves $21,485 – Aug Allocation: $1,432,132

110185 Public Health & Safety $7,525,136  – Aug Allocation: $1,432,132

110187 FEMA Reimbursement $0.00 – Aug Allocation: $0

110186 Government Response & Compliance $1,000,000  – Aug Allocation: $1,432,132

110188 COVID 19 Operations & Oversight $100,000 – Aug Allocation: $0

110189 Replenishment $0.00 – Aug Allocation: $716,066

Total $14,321,324

See August Powerpoint presented by Gilley – CARES ppt 8.5.20

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