At last week’s Bossier City council meeting, it was announced that the city will receive an additional $1.5 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act funding.
CARES Act money distributed to local governments is used to reimburse expenditures incurred due to the COVID-19 public health emergency.
In all, the City has applied for over $10 million in CARES Act money and has been approved for just over $5 million. Where is the money being spent? So far, of the amounts that have been allocated, the funding has been dedicated to the police and fire departments, city officials say.
“In round one, Bossier City applied for $5,536,902.20 of reimbursable expenses,” city public information officer Traci Ponder tells BossierNow. “Those were police and fire salaries for March and April. Of that, we received $3,572,981.88.”
Ponder says the city plans to use $1 million to balance the General Fund 2021 Operating Budget for police and fire salaries for next year and $1.5 million to balance the Sales Tax 2021 Capital Budget for police and fire equipment.
That leaves $1 million so far unallocated.
“In round two of the CARES Act funding application process, we applied for $5,417,827.67, the police and fire salaries for May and June,” Ponder adds. “We were approved for $1,522,923.17 but have not yet received those funds.”
The city administration has no plans for those funds at this time, Ponder says, but adds that the money will “most likely be used for the needs of the police and fire departments.”