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Mathews supervisors appropriate $1.5M in CARES Act funding

The Mathews County Board of Supervisors, meeting on Tuesday night in the Mathews High School auditorium, approved amendments to the 2021 and 2020 county budgets to appropriate $1.5 million in federal CARES Act funding. The vote was 4-1, with Paul Hudgins dissenting.

A portion of the funding was retroactively appropriated to the 2020 budget for expenditures already made to the schools’ cafeteria fund ($168,844) and for county facilities and technology ($33,058.15). The remaining $1.34 million was appropriated to the general fund. The board also appropriated an additional $47,947 in CARES Act funding received by the Voter Registrar’s office.

During public comment period, Dee Russell of Hudgins called into question the proposed expenditure of CARES Act funding for some recent projects the county has undertaken. She said that some of the items the county has proposed to pay for with the federal funds had already been targeted as needed before the pandemic, including renovations to t...

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