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Idaho Using CARES Act Funds To Pay Salaries Of Public Safety Workers

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Idaho received $1.25 billion from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security, or CARES, Act to curb the economic impact of COVID-19.

This week, Governor Brad Little announced that about $200 million from that fund will cover the salaries of local public safety workers.

 

In a news release from the governor's office, Little said the focus of the program is to "support our communities and our police, fire and EMS personnel and ensure there are no reductions in public safety during these unprecedented challenges."

In order to get this assistance, cities and counties must agree to use the savings to help relieve property taxes. 

The program and the final guidelines for local governments hoping to participate are set to be finalized by the Governor’s Coronavirus Financial Advisory Committee Wednesday, June 10. 

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