RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — A new allocation of $60 million in federal Coronavirus Support, Recovery, and Financial Security (CARES) Act funding was announced Monday to guidance municipal utility reduction efforts for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to a launch, this new allocation will be blended with Governor Ralph Northam’s proposed finances modification to supply $60 million for jurisdictional utilities, for a whole of $120 million for residential and non-residential utility buyers impacted by the ongoing community health and fitness disaster.
“These are difficult moments for Virginia families and firms, and we continue to be dedicated to encouraging them continue to keep the electricity on and the drinking water jogging,” Northam mentioned. “This plan will deliver essential monetary relief to people battling to spend their utility expenditures and make sure that Virginians can keep on being safely in their homes with entry to standard utilities as we proceed our fight in opposition to COVID-19.”
According to the governor’s business office, the $60 million municipal utility reduction program will be administered by the Department of Housing and Neighborhood Development and the Department of Accounts. Officers say the system will enable counties and metropolitan areas to implement to established up more compact, locally-administered reduction packages, which will aid customers’ bill payments and aid with excellent financial debt.
“The pandemic has put a tremendous load on Virginians, and I applaud the Governor for recognizing the value of utility aid,”Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian Ball explained. “Families can slumber a lot easier at evening understanding their lights will stay on and their water functioning — and our Commonwealth will be safer as a result.”