ST. CHARLES – State Sen. Don DeWitte, R-St. Charles, has sent a letter to Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen, Kane County Board members and members of the Kane County Coronavirus Relief Fund Task Force to request that the county immediately disburse a portion of the $92.9 million that it received from the federal CARES Act to the local governments within its boundaries.
Kane County was one of four other counties in Illinois to receive a portion of the CARES Act funding with the presumption that those funds would be shared among its municipalities. To date, the county has yet to disburse those funds.
Under state legislation passed this spring, municipalities within these five counties, who received federal funds, are prohibited from receiving state-funded assistance.
“For weeks, the county has been sitting on this much-needed funding, preventing the municipalities from receiving the assistance they need to help pay for the unprecedented and unexpected expenses incurred responding to the COVID-19 pandemic,” DeWitte said in a news release. “To hold onto this money and not disburse it to the towns and cities for which it was intended to help is a complete and utter injustice to the people and communities throughout Kane County. Should the county not disburse these funds, municipalities within Kane County won’t receive a single dime of financial assistance.”
DeWitte also expressed concerns over the county’s proposed expenditures which include items such as new transportation vehicles, HVAC upgrades, facility remodeling and remediation, furniture and mattresses, communications upgrades, and computer hardware and software.
“These funds are to be used solely to help local governments pay for the unexpected costs caused by the COVID-19 pandemic,” DeWitte said. "It’s clear that the county is stretching the intended purpose of these federal funds in an attempt to garner a bigger chunk of the money.”