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Connecticut Towns To Receive $75M In Coronavirus Relief

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Conn. Gov. Ned Lamont speaks to reporters at Gay City State Park in Hebron, Conn., last month.

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont has established a Municipal Coronavirus Relief Fund to reimburse cities and towns for COVID-19-related expenses.

Lamont has set aside $75 million for the municipal fund. The money comes from the $1.4 billion in coronavirus relief Connecticut has received from the federal government.

Melissa McCaw, Lamont’s budget director, says the state’s 169 cities and towns have spent about $40 million on disinfecting public buildings and other cleaning costs related COVID-19 since March 1.

“We do believe that the $75 million coupled with the FEMA reimbursement, which could leverage another 100 to 200 million dollars for municipalities, will allow us to support all of our cities and towns through the majority of the rest of this calendar year.”

McCaw says her office has set up a special electronic portal to expedite the disbursement of the reimbursement funds for cities and towns. 

As WSHU Public Radio’s award-winning senior political reporter, Ebong Udoma draws on his extensive tenure to delve deep into state politics during a major election year.