OBM RELEASES UPDATED GUIDANCE AND FAQ ON HOW LOCAL GOVERNMENTS SPEND CARES ACT FUNDS
The Office of Budget and Management (OBM) has released an updated Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) guidance and FAQ on how local governments can spend their distribution of the $350 million CARES Act dollars allocated to them by HB 481. You can read that document HERE. These new guidelines are in alignment with the latest FAQ released by the U.S. Treasury, which you can read HERE.
We want to remind our members that in order to receive the funds, local governments must pass a resolution regarding how the funds will be spent and send a copy of that resolution to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can find a template resolution HERE. Local government must also register their DUNS with OBM at grants.ohio.gov.
OHIO SENATE PASSES TWO BILLS IMPACTING MUNICIPALITIES
During session this week, the Senate passed two bills that the League has been tracking due to their impact on municipalities.
The first of those bills was HB 264, which is sponsored by Rep. Wilkin (R - Hillsboro) and Rep. O'Brien (D - Warren) and allows the Ohio Water Development Authority to provide for the refinancing of loans for certain public water and waste water infrastructure projects. The bill also allows the authority to issue water development revenue bonds and notes to fund the refinancing of one or more projects under the legislation. The bill was passed unanimously by the Senate. The League supports this legislation. (Link:https://bit.ly/3f0NZpy)
The Senate also passed HB 606, which was sponsored by Rep. Grendell (R - Chesterland) and would grant civil immunity to a person who provides services for essential businesses and operations for injury, death, or loss that was caused by the transmission of COVID-19 during the period of the Governor's declaration of emergency. The bill originally extended that immunity to municipalities, but the bill was amended to remove that provision. The bill no longer directly impacts cities and villages. (Link: https://bit.ly/2BAfBmC)
Both bills now return to the House for concurrence. We will continue to keep our members apprised of all legislation impacting municipalities.
We wish all our members and their families a safe and happy Fourth of July weekend!
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