New Castle, DE – Today, New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer announced Hero’s Pay to first responders in New Castle County and three guiding principles for investing the CARES Act funding in New Castle County. The County will focus on eliminating the virus from our communities and mitigating the risk of a second wave, including enhancing our ability to respond to another crisis, assisting the most vulnerable among us, from a health and economic perspective, and putting our county back to work.
Signed into law on March 27, 2020 the CARES Act provides funding for all states and any local government with a population that exceeds 500,000. Department of Treasury placed New Castle County on its official list of eligible local governments here. CARES Act funding is restricted to only be expended in 2020 (by December 30) for COVID-19 related expenses incurred between March 1, 2020 and December 30, 2020. CARES Act money cannot be used for any expenses that were previously budgeted or to replace lost revenue.
“This is the people’s money, and we are going to get it to the people to eliminate this virus, protect the most vulnerable through the crisis and put our county back to work,” County Executive Meyer said.
County Executive Meyer also announced that New Castle County has joined the Delaware COVID-19 Anti-Fraud Coalition under the leadership of Delaware’s Attorney General Kathleen Jennings U.S. Attorney for the District of Delaware David Weiss.
The allocation process, as well as all of the announcements being made today, are subject to legal review and the review of the Delaware COVID-19 Anti-Fraud Coalition.