CARES Act Funding

Washington County received $31.7 million from the federal Coronovirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security, or CARES, Act.

The U.S. Treasury set the guidelines for the expenditure of funds, giving the County Board discretion as to how the money would be spent to aid residents affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Those guidelines included encouragement that at least 10% would be used for emergency financial assistant to individuals or businesses. The money must be spent by Dec. 1, 2020, or returned to the State of Minnesota.

The Washington County Board of Commissioners approved spending by category:

 Category                                        Estimated Spending
 Financial assistance to residents $4 million
 Basic needs financial assistance to residents  $1.25 million
 Small business assistance  $10 million
 Public health  $1.5 million
 Elections  $330,000
 Equipment and facilities modifications    $1.520 million
 Technology  $1.635
 Public Services Modifications  $500,000
 Reimbursement payroll costs  $10.2 million
 Reimbursement technology expenses  $250,000
 Match of FEMA expenses  $125,000
 Unallocated  $441,560
 Total  $31,715,560