Grayson County commissioners Tuesday talked about beginning to draw down the amount of money the county will get from the federal government to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.


In previous meeting, county officials have said the county is likely to get around $3 million from the Cares Act funding to help pay for expenses incurred while the county responded to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Tuesday, county leaders approved the application for around $2.3 milllion of that money to start replacing the funds that have been spent paying overtime for county staffers who have had to deal with COVID-19 related issues and for personal protective equipment that the county has had to purchase. The money will also be used to pay for things like Plexiglass that has been installed in local courtrooms.


Grayson County Judge Bill Magers said the county still has around $1.8 million available under its allocation from the Cares Act to spend on future COVID-19 related expenses.


He said the county must use all of that money by December.


Grayson County is not the only local entity that will receive money under the Cares Act. Magers said there was about $7 million total allocated for Grayson County and the remainder of the money will be given to local cities and towns.


County commissioners Tuesday continued disaster declaration related to COVID-19 so that they county could continue to track expenses related to the pandemic in order to apply for those remaining Cares Act funds.


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