August 13, 2020
County will get $6.2 million more from the CARES Act
File Photo/Don Del Rosso
Brenda Johnson, a deputy commissioner of revenue, works behind a protective screen installed with part of county government’s first round of CARES Act funds.
We’ll bring back basically a comprehensive plan of intended uses and what is left at the September meeting.
— Deputy County Administrator Erin Kozanecki
Fauquier County government learned about two weeks ago that it will get another $6.2 million in federal funding to help offset the cost of combatting the coronavirus.
The county expects to receive the money by Sept. 1, Interim Budget Director Mallory Stribling told the board of supervisors during a Tuesday afternoon work session.
Fauquier received its first $6.2-million CARES Act allocation in early June. Under the law, local governments must share the funds based on a population formula.
Accordingly, county government got $5.2 million, Warrenton $866,964, Remington, $56,884 and The Plains $20,415.
All three towns would receive the same amounts with the new round of funding.
That means Fauquier’s two allocations will total $10.6 million, Warrenton’s $1.73 million, Remington’s $113,769 and The Plains’ $40,831.
All CARES Act expenditures must comply with federal spending guidelines.
The county has allocated all but about $460,000 of its first CARES money for a range of uses, including about $1.2 million to the public school system to buy Chromebook laptops for students and about $1 million cover “county operations” costs, including telework and other technology, public access area safety measures and Families First Act leave payments.
“We’ll bring back basically a comprehensive plan of intended uses and what is left (of CARES money “at the September (board) meeting,” Deputy County Administrator Erin Kozanecki told the supervisors.
But as a preview, Mrs. Kozanecki gave the board a few examples of how remaining and and new CARES money might be spent.
They included “creating a larger stock” personal protective equipment, cleaning supplies and the “outfitting” of county facilities to house them, the deputy county administrator said.
The reopening of Fauquier County Circuit Court for trials will require funds to make safety improvements, Mrs. Kozanecki said.
“We don’t know what the full costs of that are at this point,” she said.
Increased demands on the county’s IT infrastructure because of the coronavirus also will require upgrades, Mrs. Kozanecki added.
The school administration also may seek additional CARES funding, she said.
“Is there going to be a request from the school system?” Mrs. Kozanecki said. “We don’t know.”
The supervisors suggested other possible uses of the funds, including:
• Helping farmers who many need “cold storage” for their products.
• Purchasing or leasing portable telecommunication towers to provide broadband service to areas that lack it.
• Using various county government buildings that have broadband internet for workers and students.
• Providing additional basketball courts.
Local governments have until Dec. 30 to use the CARES money.
But “there has been a substantial effort” by the Virginia Municipal League, the Virginia Association of Counties, the Virginia General Assembly and Congress to “get that date modified,” Mrs. Kozanecki said.
Meanwhile, the federal government has shown flexibility under some circumstances regarding the Dec. 30 deadline, she said.
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DarrellErtel · October 7, 2020 at 2:52 am
The devices they are buying are out of date already.
Also, there is absolutely no need to have laptops or tablets in elementary school. Make sure they can read and understand the concepts first, power point is not a concept by the way, it is for ignoramus' generally, and then once they have mastered the skills they can use an electronic device to help speed up the application of said knowledge.
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AmericanPatriot · August 16, 2020 at 10:36 am
Are county workers being paid to stay home? How about teachers?
Savefauquiercounty2019 · August 16, 2020 at 10:16 am
Get air conditioned buses. Start respecting bus drivers and our children whose parents can't afford another mode of transportation.
Fauqyeah · August 14, 2020 at 10:39 am
How is improving rural broadband not the first thing on the list and why are basketball courts even a consideration?! Chromebooks for students are great, but they need internet to be able to use them. Personally, my internet comes from a cell tower-barely. 2 bars of service. None of the maps I have seen for county sponsored broadband include any towers that will help my corner of Fauquier.
fauquierflash · August 14, 2020 at 10:16 am
I understand this article until I got to "Provide additional basketball courts"
AmericanPatriot · August 13, 2020 at 11:07 pm
That will buy a couple of thousand of stupid masks, and the rest will go to the horse country folks who are truly suffering.
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