Reps. Lehe, VanNatter: Clinton County, local communities eligible for pandemic relief funds

Posted by: Andi TenBarge  | Thursday, May 28, 2020

STATEHOUSE (May 28, 2020) – Clinton County and local communities are eligible for more than $1.7 million to cover COVID-19-related expenses through the federal stimulus package, according to State Reps. Don Lehe (R-Brookston) and Heath VanNatter (R-Kokomo).

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

"Communities across our state are having to bear many unexpected expenses to fight this pandemic," Lehe said. "Our hope is this funding will provide some relief as local governments navigate this situation."

Clinton County is eligible for $1,046,311 in reimbursement funding. In addition, these communities are eligible to receive the following amounts:

  • Colfax $21,769;
  • Frankfort $513,617;
  • Kirklin $24,819;
  • Michigantown $14,697;
  • Mulberry $39,678; and
  • Rossville $52,591.

"It was critical for communities to act swiftly to fight this virus and protect the public, but these efforts drained many resources and took a toll on budgets," VanNatter said. "Indiana directed federal stimulus dollars to help local governments bounce back by helping to cover some of their costs."

VanNatter said 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. Don Lehe (R-Brookston) represents House District 25, which
includes portions of Carroll, Cass, Clinton, Tippecanoe and White counties.
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State Rep. Heath VanNatter (R-Kokomo) represents House District 38,

which includes portions of Carroll, Cass, Howard and Clinton counties.

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