Reps. Bartels, Davisson: Orange County, local communities eligible for pandemic relief funds

Posted by: Jordan Wallace  | Tuesday, May 26, 2020

STATEHOUSE (May 26, 2020) – Orange County and local communities are eligible for more than $893,000 to cover COVID-19-related expenses through the federal stimulus package, according to State Reps. Stephen Bartels (R-Eckerty) and Steve Davisson (R-Salem).

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. Bartels said the funding, allocated based on population, cannot be used to replace lost tax revenue.

"Every community is affected by the virus, but we are not letting it get the best of us," Bartels said. "We are working together to protect all Hoosiers, especially our most vulnerable. These funds could help cover many unexpected expenses, including buying PPE for our local responders."

Orange County is eligible for $632,296 in reimbursement funding. In addition, these local communities are eligible to receive the following amounts:

  • French Lick $57,457;
  • Orleans $68,294;
  • Paoli $117,706; and
  • West Baden Springs $18,136.

Davisson said local townships seeking reimbursement for eligible COVID-19 expenses should coordinate with their county government.

"So far every community has been impacted differently by this disease," Davisson said. "While we don't know how costly the outbreak will be from town to town until it is over, our local governments should consider these funds as a way to recoup expenses related to COVID-19."

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. Stephen Bartels (R-Eckerty) represents House District 74,
which includes portions of Spencer, Dubois, Perry, Crawford and Orange counties.
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State Rep. Steve Davisson (R-Salem) represents House District 73, which includes
Washington County, and portions of Jackson, Lawrence, Orange, Clark and Harrison counties.

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