Town won’t seek pandemic relief funds in CARES Act

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Mount Olive will not seek any of the $2.2 million awarded to Wayne County in state pandemic disaster monies.

Instead, the town is on the list to receive those type of funds from FEMA, according to Town Manager Charles Brown.

Receiving any of the dollars awarded to the county several weeks ago by the state “would be double dipping,” he said.

“I am sure the county has plenty of needs for those funds, but what we are looking for is funds for lost revenue,” Brown said.

An ongoing tabulation of incurred expenses continues to build a final tally of how much federal money will be sought due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Several weeks ago, Sen. Jim Perry and Rep. John Bell announced that $2.2 million in federal CARES Act appropriations had been approved for Wayne County. The funds cover immediate expenses related to the coronavirus.

Bell said at the time, “This is welcome news to the people of Wayne County. The coronavirus pandemic and the ongoing economic shutdown is causing significant pain to our rural communities.”

Perry called the times trying and said, “We have a long road to recovery, but this is another important step to get our state back up and running.”

Brown said the funds are not designed for what Mount Olive needs.

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