Baird: Putnam County, local communities eligible for pandemic relief funds

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall  | Friday, June 19, 2020

STATEHOUSE (June 19, 2020) – Putnam County and local communities are eligible for $1.7 million to cover COVID-19-related expenses through the federal stimulus package, according to State Rep. Beau Baird (R-Greencastle).

Indiana allocated $300 million in federal funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economics Security Act to counties and communities for reimbursement of expenditures related to the pandemic. Baird said the funding, allocated based on population, cannot be used to replace lost tax revenue.

"Our communities have responded swiftly and effectively to counter this virus," Baird said. "It has required expenditures local officials didn't budget for, but this funding should help cover some of these costs as we all continue our daily lives with safety top of mind."

Putnam County is eligible for $1,225,693 in reimbursement funding. In addition, the following communities are also eligible to receive the following amounts:

  • Bainbridge $24,267;
  • Cloverdale $68,521;
  • Fillmore $17,292;
  • Greencastle $341,633;
  • Roachdale $28,874; and
  • Russellville $11,452.

The Indiana Finance Authority is in charge of implementing guidelines on how each county, city and town can use the funding, as well as compiling reimbursement requests through accepted documentation including invoices. Visit in.gov/ifa for more information.

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State Rep. Beau Baird (R-Greencastle) represents House District 44, which includes
all of Putnam County and portions of Clay, Morgan, Owen and Parke counties.
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