Podcast 83 answers your questions on COVID aid
Millions of dollars are available to counties for reimbursements for public health and safety workers and it’s important to begin filing for aid quickly, MAC Governmental Affairs Director Deena Bosworth said
during the latest episode of Podcast 83
Bosworth and Executive Director Stephan Currie discussed the aid streams now available under Senate Bill 690, then took questions from viewers of the webinar taped on Monday.
$100 million in hazard pay
for first responders, Bosworth said, “It’s available on a first come, first served basis, so those who apply first are more likely to get the money. … I don’t know how fast it will go.”
On hazard pay, a local unit can receive only a maximum of $5 million, regardless of the amount requested.
On payroll taxes associated with hazard pay, Bosworth said MAC has requested additional guidance on whether state aid will cover those costs to counties.
Bosworth noted that forms and other details can be found on the Michigan Treasury website.
A second sum, $200 million, is to help counties with public health and public safety payrolls. It will have two rounds of payments, with the first applications due by the end of this week (July 17).
If funds are left from round 1, Treasury will announce a round 2 in August.
“This can come overtime, normal leave, long-term leave, benefits … you can lump it together and apply for reimbursement,” Bosworth said. If available funds are not sufficient to claims, reimbursements will be prorated.
Podcast 83 is now sponsored by DTE Energy.
The state Treasury Department
has developed a website
with numbered letters, communications and resources regarding COVID-19 information for local governments and school districts. This website was created to ensure that Michigan communities have access to the most up-to-date guidance and will be updated frequently with information and resources as they become available.