Schools, cities, and counties will now have more access to funding for COVID-related costs thanks to the $1.9-trillion economic stimulus package passed in Washington, D.C. last month.
The City of Lincoln is weighing what to do with those dollars and Mayor Tracy Welch indicates they are exploring how to use the funding to offset costs associated with COVID.
Overtime costs during the pandemic are piling up for communities across the country to their first responders and Mayor Welch notes those costs could possibly be a destination for those dollars.
The Mayor recently secured a grant through State Farm for updated laptops for City workers. Mayor Welch has secured 20 for his community and encourages other civic and community leaders to look into the program.
The community's first round of CARES funding went back into local businesses through grants the city turned the funding into.