The federal coronavirus relief bill includes $150 billion for tribal, state and local governments to help them cover costs of responding to the pandemic.
Governmental Affairs Director Terry Simonson said he’s been trying to project Tulsa County’s share from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act based on estimates from the Tax Foundation.
"It looks like the state of Oklahoma is probably in the range of $1.5 billion, and if that’s the case, then Tulsa County could be looking in the range of $100 million just to Tulsa County."
Funding from the CARES Act can cover expenses from March first through December. Tulsa County Governmental Affairs Director says after they pay for costs already incurred, there will need to be a fair amount of planning for the rest of the COVID-19 response funds.
"What should we be doing now, now that we know what we know? And assuming that it’s not gone or it does come back, how are we better prepared to protect the public in public buildings and on public property? And how do we help the health department and TAEMA?"
Funds could potentially pay for building improvements needed to protect the public during the pandemic.