CARES Act means $3.3M for Brown County’s general fund reserves

ABERDEEN, S.D. (By Elisa Sand – Brown County has $4.1 million from its 2020 budget that was freed up by federal funding reimbursements from the CARES Act.

The federal act provided COVID-19 relief to states, cities and counties. For cities and counties, funding went to reimburse salaries in certain departments that included law enforcement and public safety.

In a report to county commissioners Tuesday, Brown County Auditor Cathy McNickle said of that $4.1 million, some will stay in special revenue funds — for instance, the $753,000 that went toward salaries for 911 dispatchers.

In all, she said, about $3.3 million is going back into the general fund reserves.

Commissioners made no decisions on how to use the money. McNickle said some counties have approved a stipend for county employees as a thank you for their hard work.

At least one commissioner noted some funds could be earmarked for a special project, but no decision was made.

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