On September 30th, 2020 Community Impact published an article discussing how the City of Plano had allocated the final portions of the CARES Act funding. In it they said:
“Frisco ISD, Lewisville ISD and civil service staff will receive the remaining amount of Plano’s CARES Act Direct Costs funding. The city of Plano held roughly $4.5 million of its relief funds in reserve to monitor COVID-19-related changes over the summer on the recommendation of City Manager Mark Israelson. The allocation of a $14,000 grant to Frisco ISD for personal protective equipment and the remaining portion of the $4.5 million to Plano civil service salaries was given the go-ahead at a Sept. 28 city council meeting. Lewisville ISD has also shown a need for additional PPE, and the city expects to provide a grant when the exact amount of need is better known.”
People will be glad to know that thankfully, the city is now adding to the funding of the CARES Act according to a Community Impact article published on December 17th. In it they say:
“The city of Plano will use close to $9.7 million in funding to reimbursing the cost of public safety salaries during the coronavirus pandemic. The funds come from a direct costs program created by the Collin County Commissioners Court on Dec. 14, which divides $28.6 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act funding among the eight municipalities in the county. Cities can choose to apply this funding to COVID-19 expenditures already paid or incurred as well as ongoing costs related to the pandemic before Dec. 31, according to county documentation.”
The decision is a welcomed one as infections continue to spike across the country, and even with vaccines on the way, the effects of the pandemic are likely to still be felt for a while after.