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Coronavirus Task Force recommends $42M for communities, itself

Communities, county total up cost of pandemic impact

GENEVA – The Coronavirus Relief Fund Task Force is recommending that Kane County share nearly $42 million of the $92.9 million it received in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act funds – and keep 45% or nearly $42 million to cover the county’s needs as affected by the pandemic.

The County Board already allocated $5 million to the Health Department for distribution of personal protective equipment care packages for county residents.

According to the board packet provided for a task force meeting at 9 a.m. Wednesday, the proposed distribution is less than the $45 million the Metro West Council of Government requested for its 18 member communities at last week’s task force meeting.

Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns, who is also president of the Metro West Council of Government, had made a presentation to the task force last week about the needs of 18 communities hard hit by the cost of the coronavirus.

"We are examining the recommendation for disbursements just published and will reserve final comment for tomorrow's meeting," Burns said.

Elgin would receive nearly $7.3 million; Aurora nearly $7.2 million; and the unincorporated area about $7.3 million.

St. Charles would get about $2.5 million; Batavia would get $2 million; Geneva would get $1.7 million; North Aurora would get $1.4 million.

According to the task force proposal, the allocations are based on a per capita basis of $78.52 per person in each community, so the county’s share of the funds was based on its population of 532,304, according to the proposal.

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