COVID 19-Federal Dollars For Cities?

The possibility that at least some of the one-point-two-five billion dollars in federal aid that has been sent to South Dakota in response to the COVID 19 pandemic will be disbursed to local governments across the state is welcome news to municipal officials.

Mayor Nathan Johnson says getting those dollars directly from the federal government would be better than having to rely on the state to disburse them.

Johnson says if the federal government will provide the funding, city governments are in a position to benefit local economies and citizens.

Johnson says along with replacing revenue lost due to the COVID 19 pandemic, funding infrastructure projects would provide benefits that would last for many years.

Johnson says at this point, use of the federal COVID 19 dollars is limited to reimbursements for testing, personal protective equipment and preparations for future emergency response.