City of Plano to apply $9.7 million in additional CARES Act funding to public safety salaries

In Plano, the $9.7 million will be applied to the cost of salaries for public safety employees related to the COVID-19 pandemic, as was approved by City Council at a Dec. 17 special meeting held via Zoom. (Liesbeth Powers/Community Impact Newspaper)
In Plano, the $9.7 million will be applied to the cost of salaries for public safety employees related to the COVID-19 pandemic, as was approved by City Council at a Dec. 17 special meeting held via Zoom. (Liesbeth Powers/Community Impact Newspaper)

In Plano, the $9.7 million will be applied to the cost of salaries for public safety employees related to the COVID-19 pandemic, as was approved by City Council at a Dec. 17 special meeting held via Zoom. (Liesbeth Powers/Community Impact Newspaper)

The city of Plano will use close to $9.7 million in funding to reimbursing the cost of public safety salaries during the coronavirus pandemic.

The funds come from a direct costs program created by the Collin County Commissioners Court on Dec. 14, which divides $28.6 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act funding among the eight municipalities in the county. Cities can choose to apply this funding to COVID-19 expenditures already paid or incurred as well as ongoing costs related to the pandemic before Dec. 31, according to county documentation.

In Plano, the $9.7 million will be applied to the cost of salaries for public safety employees related to the COVID-19 pandemic, as was approved by City Council at a Dec. 17 special meeting held via Zoom. This can include salaries for police officers, city marshals, fire marshals, emergency management, firefighters, emergency medical responders, correctional and detention officers, environmental health officers, and those who directly support such employees, such as dispatchers and supervisory personnel, according to the interlocal agreement.

"Christmas came a little early for us," Mayor Harry LaRosiliere said.

This funding is in addition to the $16 million in CARES Act funding doled out by the county in May this year, city manager Mark Israelson said. These initial funds were used for civil service salaries, small-business grants, the purchase of personal protective equipment and technology, and grants for Plano, Frisco and Lewisville ISDs.


The Dec. 17 item passed unanimously among council members present in the online meeting. Council Members Maria Tu and Rick Grady were not present.
By Liesbeth Powers
Liesbeth graduated from Baylor University with a degree in new media journalism in December 2018. She gained her newspaper experience as a staff writer and multimedia editor at her campus paper, The Baylor Lariat. Liesbeth joined the Community Impact team in August 2019, where she reports on all things Plano and Richardson, including Plano City Council and Dallas Area Rapid Transit.


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