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Posted on: July 22, 2020

Arapahoe County unveils CARES Act relief plan

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The Arapahoe County Board of Commissioners has approved a resolution authorizing distribution of the approximately $114.5 million the County received from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The funds will be used to bolster our communities’ recovery from the COVID public health crisis, and County officials will monitor and distribute them with a commitment to fiscal responsibility and transparency.

CARES Act money from the Coronavirus Relief Fund will help advance the Arapahoe County Response & Recovery Plan, which is designed to facilitate a full recovery of the County from COVID-19 by balancing health, safety and economic considerations. The plan’s objectives include:

  • Supporting the economic recovery of County residents and businesses 
  • Protecting the health and well-being of County and municipal employees 
  • Increasing access to effective and efficient anti-body testing methods
  • Supporting the County’s most vulnerable residents
  • Educating residents about personal responsibility, situational awareness, and preventive actions such as continued social distancing, avoidance of large gatherings, and support for high-risk populations to remain in safe environments
  • Establishing data-driven decision-making models to assess public health, hospital surge and capacity, and economic success
  • Funding direct COVID-19 costs in a manner that minimizes County liability, and recognizes multiple grant streams and funding opportunities 

“We recognize that the COVID-19 public health crisis has affected all our residents, businesses and communities in a variety of ways,” said Arapahoe County Board Chair Nancy Sharpe. “This crisis, and the recovery from it, are not uniform situations, so we wanted to let our constituents target this direct relief as they see fit. County officials will work closely with all our partners to help ensure that our communities can return as quickly and strongly as possible.”

As part of the relief efforts, the County also launched the Arapahoe County CARES Program, which will share stories and data about how County and municipal CARES funds are being used to support recovery efforts. And consistent with Arapahoe County’s core values of fiscal responsibility, providing transparency of operations and prioritizing service to our constituents, a new CARES website will share useful information about recovery programs and services.

While the CARES Act does not require any local government to transfer funds directly to other communities, the Board recognized that Arapahoe County’s municipalities also have incurred unexpected costs related to their response to COVID-19. The County will share $51.5 million directly with its 13 communities as follows (the 96,125 residents within unincorporated Arapahoe County will be supported by the County’s share of the CARES funds):

MunicipalityPopulationPopulation %Allocation

Aurora (part)

324,427

58.4%

$30,125,545

Bennett (part)

385

0.1%

$35,750

Bow Mar (part)

665

0.1%

$61,750

Centennial

110,833

20.0%

$10,291,697

Cherry Hills Village

6,643

1.2%

$616,854

Columbine Valley

1,480

0.3%

$137,429

Deer Trail

730

0.1%

$67,786

Englewood

34,612

6.2%

$3,213,991

Foxfield

777

0.1%

$72,150

Glendale

5,020

0.9%

$466,146

Greenwood Village

16,147

2.9%

$1,499,373

Littleton (part)

45,222

8.1%

$4,199,211

Sheridan

8,279

1.5%

$768,769


CARES funding can be used for expenses directly related to the COVID-19 public health emergency that were not accounted for in the most recently approved budget (as of March 27), and that were (or will be) incurred between March 1 and December 30, 2020. The County will distribute funds according to a cost-reimbursement model; any remaining funds as of December 30 will be returned to the federal government.

The County will use its share of the CARES Act funds—about $63 million—to fund key initiatives consistent with the Response & Recovery Plan, including:

  • Countywide programs to support individuals and businesses impacted by COVID-19
  • Increased community testing, contact tracing and other public health needs
  • Future pandemic preparations
  • Modifications to county operations and employee costs
  • Additional local government needs that exceed initial allocations

Specific program information will be forthcoming; for more information about the CARES Act and Arapahoe County’s COVID Response & Recovery efforts, visit www.arapahoegov.com/ArapahoeCARES.

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