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The County Commissioners Association of Ohio, the Ohio Mayors Alliance, the Ohio Municipal League and the Ohio Township Association released the following statement thanking Gov. Mike DeWine for signing House Bill 481, which includes $350 million in federal aid to help local governments respond to the COVID-19 pandemic:

“We are grateful for Gov. DeWine’s steadfast support of local government. House Bill 481 will provide much-needed federal aid to Ohio’s local governments as they respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. These critical funds will provide immediate fiscal relief for local health and safety expenses, assist individuals facing economic hardship and help provide support to local small businesses.

“We also extend our gratitude to Senate President Larry Obhof, Speaker Larry Householder and the Ohio General Assembly for their joint effort in making these funds available to local governments as they continue to respond to the current health and economic crisis. The crisis is far from over, but the funding is a critical step in Ohio’s recovery. We look forward to a continued partnership with the state as we work to build a stronger Ohio.”

Congress earlier this year passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, which allocated some federal aid to states and local governments to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ohio received an estimated $4.5 billion dollars. A portion of that amount was allocated to political subdivisions with populations larger than 500,000, and the remainder was allocated to the state of Ohio. An estimated $1.2 billion is available to be distributed to local governments smaller than 500,000 in population. HB 481 allocates $350 million of the $1.2 billion for local governments as a first phase allocation.