FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 8, 2020
Jackson County Executive proposes emergency funding package for all cities in the County
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr. today is recommending that the County Legislature give half of the federal CARES ACT monies that the County received to cities within the County to address the urgent needs in their communities.
“I am making this recommendation due to the significant toll COVID-19 has taken on our community, the limited amount of resources available to cities to combat the virus’ impact and my belief that local elected officials are best suited to address the unique needs in their communities,” said Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr.
Specifically, the County Executive is recommending one-half of the $122,669,998.30 in federal CARES Act funds received by Jackson County be distributed, by population based on the most recent U.S. Census data, to the cities within Jackson County. Cities would be able to use these funds to pay for any necessary expense incurred due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Examples of necessary expenses include:
If approved by the County Legislature, the County Executive’s proposal would provide communities in Jackson County the following funding:
Blue Springs – $4,870,864.99
Buckner – $263,657.85
Grain Valley – $1,267,337.49
Grandview – $2,168,590.16
Greenwood – $508,732.27
Independence – 10,179,182.15
Kansas City – $27,642,719.38
Lake Lotawana – $184,002.12
Lake Tapawingo – $62,729.98
Lee’s Summit – $8,484,774.78
Levasy – $7,154.18
Lone Jack – $115,426.65
Oak Grove – $711,754.05
Pleasant Hill – $523.48
Raytown – $2,529,352.97
River Bend – $872.46
Sibley – $31,932.09
Sugar Creek – $284,422.43
Unity Village – $6,368.97
Unincorporated – $2,014,600.72
“For the County to receive these funds, I had to sign my name and promise that the funds would be used appropriately. At the time, I was hopeful that Jackson County had come far enough to be able to distribute these funds appropriately and in the best interest of the County,” White said. “Unfortunately, recent actions by some members of the County Legislature have caused me to question their ability to act in the best interest of our community. I am confident that this plan will ensure that these funds are put into our community, where they are needed, as quickly as possible.”
Recent actions by the Legislature that have raised concern for the County Executive include:
On March 27, Congress passed and the president signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which established a new $150 billion Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) for state, county and municipal governments with populations of over 500,000 people to address necessary expenditures incurred due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Accordingly, Jackson County received $122,669,998.30, which may only be used to cover costs that:
While this is the County Executive’s proposal, the ultimate decision on how much funding is made available and who receives it, will be up to the Legislature.
To date, the Jackson County Legislature has approved approximately $42 million in CRF funding in Jackson County. The public can track all COVID-19 expenditures on the Jackson County website.
To view the County Counselor’s legal opinion click here.
To view the letter to the Volunteer Advisory Committee click here.