By Mike Sunnucks | Rose Law Group Reporter
The city of Scottsdale is looking at how to allocate the $29.6 million it is getting from the CARES Act to deal with the public health and economic fallouts from COVID-19.
The Scottsdale City Council was briefed on how those COVID funds are slated to be used by the city.
Scottsdale is looking at using $6 million of its allocation to help businesses hit hard by the Coronavirus pandemic. Fallout from COVID has hit the tourism industry, restaurants, and retailers hard.
Another $1.5 million would be allocated to help arts and culture groups. Many of those groups saw events canceled or postponed because of COVID related closures.
Scottsdale is looking at spending $2.5 million on care for vulnerable residents, $2.2 million to retrofit 32 city buildings and facilities with public health and healthy safety measures and infrastructure and $2 million for the possibility of new COVID outbreaks and closures.
The city also wants to use $4 million of its allocation for reimbursing public safety costs and to cover emergency costs. Scottsdale is also eyeing setting another $3.4 million aside for a rainy day fund for additional COVID costs that might arise, according to city documents.
There is also another estimate $33 million potentially available to the city in grants from other federal agencies including the Federal Aviation Administration, Federal Transit Administration and FEMA, according to the presentation.
The presentation can be seen here: https://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/Asset81503.aspx