CARES Act funds allow County to begin recovery effort
Pierce County has received $182 million in federal funds via the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act). This week the Council heard a proposal for how to invest these funds to help our county recover.
A steering committee was created by committee co-chairs Executive Bruce Dammeier and Council Chair Doug Richardson. The group, which includes several respected community leaders representing wide and diverse interests and constituencies, met for several hours to develop the recommendation presented to the Council.
The proposal features four areas for investment: public health emergency ($67 M), economic stabilization and recovery ($30 M), community response and resilience ($22 M) and government services ($15 M). The committee also recommended a $24 M contingency fund to address needs that have not emerged, yet.
As part of its work, the steering committee established funding “principles” to guide how to consider the many needs across the County. The principles include considering the County as a whole, leveraging existing partnerships for greatest effect, moving quickly and flexibly, using an equity and vulnerability lens, and acting with transparency and impact.
I applaud the work that the steering committee has put together and you can see the presentation here. In the coming days, the Council will consider and discuss how best to leverage the federal funds, including the proposal presented by the steering committee.
In the meantime, I encourage you to share your thoughts with me. What do you think the priorities should be and where do you believe the funds should be directed? You can reach me at email@example.com.
In service to you,