TYLER, Texas (KETK) – Smith County Judge Nathaniel Moran announced on Tuesday morning the creation of a COVID-19 Relief Fund Task Force that would create a plan on how to spend the more than $5 million in federal aid.
The money was revealed last week and can only be spent on direct coronavirus expenses. The first 20%, about 1.07 million, will be made available immediately.
The other 80% of $4.3 million, he explained, will come as a reimbursement like any other grant from the state. The county has until December 30 to use the money.
Moran said that once the money becomes available he wants to have a plan readily available on how to spend the funds. The taks force will comprise of:
- Fire Marshal Jay Brooks
- Chief Deputy Jimmy Jackson
- Purchasing Agent Christina Haney
- Auditor Heather Foster
Moran said last week that the county has been keeping a detailed list of county expenses. It is unclear, according to Moran, at this time whether the state or the federal government would receive the money back if left unused.