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Lubbock, other smaller cities must apply for federal funding

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Larger cities in Texas have already received federal funding through the CARES Act, passed in March, but smaller cities like Lubbock have to wait on the state.

On Monday, Gov. Greg Abbott and other state leaders said the state received more than 11 billion in COVID-19 funding.

The state's largest cities, with populations greater than 500,000, received their payment directly from the U.S. Treasury. However, smaller cities must apply for a per capita allocation. It is $55 per individual.

"They're giving us the opportunity to go ahead and make applications for this money. In fact, there's already 20 percent of what our total allocation is that is set aside, so once we complete the application process, that 20 percent instantly will come to the counties," Lubbock County Judge Curtis Parrish said.

The remainder of the funding will come on a reimbursement basis. Lubbock County is set to receive a little more than $1.8 million in total, Parrish said.

The money is intended for COVID-19-related expenses. Parrish said it will go toward overtime and other payroll expenses for public safety, public health and healthcare personnel.

"You know, we're seeing those issues for instance at our detention center, when we have officers that are needing to pull extra shifts or do extra things in order to make sure that our detention center does not have an outbreak," he said. "So, we have various things like that throughout the county."

The City of Lubbock would be allocated more than $14 million. Mayor Dan Pope said it will address unplanned costs from the health department, public safety and testing.

"The second part is more what I would call direct support to our community, and that's to small businesses that were impacted by this that really don't fit in the PPP or some of the things going on in that regard," Pope said.

Pope said the bigger cities received their funding upfront more than three weeks ago. He said that does not make sense.

"I guess they think we're not smart enough to handle this. I reject that. We handle grant funds from the state and federal government to the tune of millions of dollars a year," he said. "This COVID-19 was not of our doing. It was not of our making. We need to try to make sure we help the men and women of our community, the businesses of our community, to make sure we recover quickly."

Texas allocated $5 billion from the CARES Act to support local governments. Only about $1.85 billion will be split between the cities and counties that were not included in the Treasury's direct payments. Six cities and 12 counties already split the remaining $3.2 billion between them.

 

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