In May 2020, the Clay County Commission approved the allocation of federal CARES Act funds to cities and school districts within the county. Allocation levels were based on a population formula created by county assistant and county administrators using 2018 data from Mid-America Regional Council and the state department of education. The City of Smithville received $945,400.
Per the U.S. Department of the Treasury guidelines
, the CARES Act requires funds only be used to cover expenses that:
• are necessary expenditures incurred due to the public health emergency with respect to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID–19); and
• were not accounted for in the budget most recently approved as of March 27, 2020 (the date of enactment of the CARES Act) for the State or government; and
• were incurred during the period that begins on March 1, 2020 and ends on December 30, 2020.
Per the agreement with Clay County, entities receiving funds, including the City of Smithville, must:
• provide documentation to the county finance department each month on how all funds are spent,
• sign a funding certification stating funds will be spent according to set guidelines
• spending preference is given to county vendors
Each month, we will share files that detail the City’s CARES Act fund expenditures on this page under CARES Act Expenditures.