County to distribute final CARES Act funds

by Patty Cheffey

Some businesses which either did not receive CARES Act funds or only got a partial will be getting some funds.

Teya Stice, county improvement coordinator, reported to the Marion  County Commission Monday morning that since some of the funds allocated were not used, including funds that were estimated and the entity did not need them all, meant there is over $38,000 to allocate before the deadline.

While that deadline to pay out those funds have been extended, Stice noted the work still had to be done before Dec. 30 to qualify.

In discussing which businesses should get the funds, the commissioners and Stice noted two businesses which did not get any funds the first time and one which only received about 50 percent.

Following action by the commissioners, the Branch Ranch will be getting some funds as will the Hoot Owl Express, provided documentation is received in time if necessary.

In addition, F&T Livestock will be getting additional funds.

The remainder will go into the county’s Sheriff’s Fund to be used for hazard pay for the sheriff’s deputies. The county had only partially funded this earlier.

In other business, the commissioners voted to renew its property tax and signed the paperwork for earthquake insurance.