Millions in CARES Act funds will help Frisco, McKinney support public safety

McKinney and Frisco are receiving federal coronavirus relief funds. (Courtesy Fotolia)
McKinney and Frisco are receiving federal coronavirus relief funds. (Courtesy Fotolia)

McKinney and Frisco are receiving federal coronavirus relief funds. (Courtesy Fotolia)

Millions of dollars from the federal government to be distributed by Collin County will help offset public safety expenditures in Frisco and McKinney next year.

Both cities are entering interlocal agreements with the county following their respective council meetings this past week for the distribution of aid from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act.

On Dec. 17, Frisco City Council acted on a supplemental agenda item allowing the city to receive more than $4.09 million from the county. The funds will help offset police and firefighter salaries in fiscal year 2021, Frisco city staff said during the meeting.

“We just want to thank our leaders at the county for allocating these funds,” Frisco Mayor Jeff Cheney said Dec. 17. “They’re very timely for our budget purposes.”

The city of McKinney will also see aid for public safety support. McKinney City Council on Dec. 15 approved the city’s interlocal agreement for just over $6 million.


Planned expenditures will be for public safety equipment facilities since the reimbursement is for public safety operational expenses, Communications and Media Manager Denise Lessard said.

“Intergovernmental relations is sometimes a challenge and doesn’t always work as smoothly as possible,” McKinney City Manager Paul Grimes said at the Dec. 15 meeting. “But I can tell you, in the COVID[-19] crisis, ... your governmental entities have been a case study in how it should work.”
By Matt Payne
Matt Payne reports on Frisco City Hall and its committees, Collin County Commissioners and McKinney business. His experience includes serving as online content editor at Fort Worth Magazine and city editor at the Killeen Daily Herald. He is a 2017 graduate of the Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism at the University of North Texas in Denton.