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The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act has authorized more than $2 trillion to counter the impact of COVID-19 and its effects on individuals, families, governments and businesses.


In July 2020, Taylor County received the first part of its CARES allocation - $904,906. It is also eligible for another $2,714,718 on a reimbursement basis.

The Board of County Commissioners has allocated its CARES funding in order to best respond to the needs of Taylor County residents while complying with the CARES Act requirements. The breakdown of how the CARES Funding will be allocated is as follows:

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CATEGORY 1 – GENERAL GOVERNMENT
Allocation - $190,000 (20%)


PURPOSE: Cover allowable operating expenses for the continuity of local government operations,  mitigation and response to COVID-19, including CARES Act program implementation and compliance costs.

Examples of this type of expense include:

  • Public employee reassignment to cover payroll expenses related to the reassignment of existing employees for substantially different uses related to COVID-19 mitigation or response duties, as well as new hires necessary for COVID-19 mitigation and response.
  • Telework costs for employees, i.e. equipment, hotspots, broadband enhancements.
  • Communication costs for signage, legal ads or marketing to inform the public on County actions, decisions, etc. regarding COVID-19.
  • Workplace Safety - PPE, sanitizing stations, common areas, Plexiglass, or similar.

CATEGORY 2 – SMALL BUSINESS INTERRUPTION GRANT

Allocation - $380,000 (40%)

PURPOSE: Provide grants up to $10,000 (subject to funding availability) for businesses with 50 or less full or part-time employees for the reimbursement of business interruptions or losses caused by required closures or compliance with social distancing guidance.

Eligible businesses include:
 
  • Child Care Centers
  • Gyms
  • Hair Salons, Nail Salons, Barber Shop
  • Restaurants, Caterers, Bakeries, Bars
  • Retail with a physical bricks & mortar storefront
  • Mobile Services, e.g., Car Washing, Cleaning Services
  • Health Care 
CATEGORY 3 – COMMUNITY RAPID RESPONSE PROGRAM
Allocation - $100,000 (11%)

PURPOSE: Provide economic support and relief to residents experiencing economic hardships due to COVID-19.
Individual Relief for Taylor County residents who were actively employed prior to March 27,2020 who need help paying overdue rent, mortgage or utilities.

  • Up to $3,000 per household of 5 people or less
  • Up to $5,000 per household of 6 people or more
Taylor County will also partner will local organizations to provide Direct Community Services. This includes mental health services, in-home meals, food and water for the most vulnerable populations, and food distribution throughout the County.
 
CATEGORY 4 – PUBLIC SAFETY
Allocation - $79,000 (8%)

PURPOSE: Provide proactive mitigation and response measures related to COVID-19 to keep Taylor County safe. Some examples include:

  • Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) for public employees, businesses and non-profits.
  • Sanitizing Stations at public facilities, non-profit facilities and child care centers.
  • COVID-19 testing, contact tracing and anti-body testing.
  • Quarantine/non-congregate shelter and housing for those displaced by COVID-19 social distancing.

CATEGORY 5 – RESERVE FOR UNMET NEEDS

Allocation - $145,000 (15%)

PURPOSE: Like many Florida counties, Taylor County has established a reserve or replenishment category (Unmet Needs). In the event of future unexpected needs, such as testing, contract tracing, food stabilization, or non-congregate sheltering, or for potential Congressional changes to the authorized uses of these funds, the County can make adjustments as needed to optimize the County’s use of the CARES Act funds.

CATEGORY 6 – GRANT ADMINISTRATION (PHASE ONE)

Allocation - $47,000 (5%)

PURPOSE: Provide technical assistance to the County for program planning, eligibility criteria development, and technical assistance.

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Take a minute and answer the following questions:

  • Do you own a small business in Taylor County that has been negatively affected by COVID-19?
  • Are you a Taylor County resident?
  • Does your business have 50 or fewer employees and 2019 revenues of less than $1 million?

Then you may be eligible for assistance.

The Taylor County Small Business Assistance Grant Program will allow up to 38 qualifying small businesses access to a maximum of $10,000 per applicant in grant money to help offset the temporary loss of revenue due to COVID-19. These funds can cover normal business expenses, including employee wages, vendor bills, rent, utilities and employee/customer safety costs.

The Federal Cares Act has provided the funding for this County program. Grant awards may be limited to 30% of reported 2019 gross annual revenues or $10,000, whichever is less.

To be eligible for the County’s Small Business Assistance Grant Program, businesses must meet the following requirements: 

  • Business has fifty (50) or less employees or full-time equivalent (FTE) employees.
  • Business is not a publicly traded company.
  • Business has experienced a business interruption or closures due to COVID-19.
  • Business has not received funds covered by insurance or reimbursement from the Federal Payroll Protection Program (PPP), or other local, state, or federal sources in excess of $100,000 related to COVID-19.
  • Business is expected to operate after applicable local and state emergency guidelines are removed.
  • Business commits to following all recommended COVID-19 safety guidelines.
  • Business has earned less than $1 million in gross annual income for 2019.
  • Business is physically located and operated within the boundaries of Taylor County, Florida.
  • Business is wholly or partially owned by a Taylor County resident
  • Business has been operating and can prove ongoing business operations since January 1, 2019.
  • Business is current on all Payroll, Sales and Unemployment, Property and Federal Income taxes.
  • Business has no current unpaid code enforcement liens or is in violation of any state, federal or local laws.
  • No Business Owners, including all Managing Members and/or Officers, have been convicted of financial crimes within the past three years.
  • No businesses that have as owners and/or employees who are current elected officials, directors, officers, employees, and contractors of the County and such individuals’ spouses.

Eligible for-profit businesses will be required to provide the documentation listed below to verify their eligibility:

  • W-9 Form
  • Staffing Documentation (W-3 Summary, IRS Form 1096, IRS Form 941, Employee
  • Roster or Sole Proprietor Statement).
  • Active State Business Registration from Sunbiz.org and current local business tax receipt.
  • Proof that business has experienced a business disruption (Proof can include income statements from March – June 2019 vs. 2020; financial/accounting statements; customer counts).
  • Proof of PPP Loans or other local, state, or federal sources (e.g. scan of letter or pdf of email from SBA or bank/lender).
  • Proof of Taylor County physical location (tax bill, utility bill or other).
  • Proof of Taylor County residency (Driver’s license or voter registration card).
  • Proof of status on Payroll taxes.
  • Proof of status on Sales and Unemployment taxes.
  • Proof of status on Property taxes if property is owned or lease agreement if property is leased.
  • Proof of status on Federal Income taxes.


APPLICATIONS

Application packets can be picked up at the Perry-Taylor County Chamber of Commerce, 428 North Jefferson Street, Perry, FL 32348 from 9:00 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Application packets may also be picked up from the “Blue Box” outside of the Chamber of Commerce.

Online applications can be downloaded here starting at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, September 21, 2020. To request application packets by email, send your request to taylorcares@taylorcountygov.com. To request application packets by U.S. Mail, please contact the Taylor CARES hotline between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday at (850) 838-3553 beginning on Monday, September 21, 2020.

INFORMATION AND ASSISTANCE WITH YOUR APPLICATION WILL BE AVAILABLE BY CONTACTING THE TAYLOR CARES HOTLINE BETWEEN 8:00 A.M. AND 5:00 P.M., MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY AT (850) 838-3553 OR THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BETWEEN 9:00 A.M. AND 4:00 P.M., MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY AT (850) 584-5366 BEGINNING ON MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2020 OR BY E-MAILING taylorcares@taylorcountygov.com.

Due to the current COVID risks, in-person assistance is not currently available.

For your application to be considered, it must be received by the Taylor CARES office no later than the 5:00 p.m. on October 5, 2020.

SELECTION PROCESS

Eligible applicants that submit complete applications may be recommended for an award by an independent contractor. Incomplete applications or those missing documentation will be deemed ineligible. Applications may be automatically rejected if documents are missing, falsified or illegible. The County reserves the right to reject any application.

The process for selection will be to sequentially number all submittals on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 (but not in date/time order of submittal). After all applications have been numbered, the contractor will use a Random Sequence Generator to establish a review sequence. The applications will be reviewed based on random sequence until the maximum number of eligible applications is processed.

Applications received after October 5, 2020 will be reviewed on a first-come, first served basis as long as funds remain available.

The County anticipates notifying Applicants of their award beginning the week of October 19, 2020.

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INFORMATION

  • CARES Act Overview
  • Taylor County CARES Plan

CARES Act Overview

On March 27, 2020 Congress passed the “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act” (the “CARES Act,” H.R. 748) to provide direct economic assistance in response to the financial fallout related to the COVID-19 pandemic. This legislation provides $2.2 trillion of economic relief and stimulus for businesses, individuals, federal agencies, and state and local governments, including a $150 billion Coronavirus Relief Fund for state and local governments to help offset necessary expenditures incurred due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. As provided in the CARES Act, 12 Florida counties with a population greater than 500,000 received direct allocations from the U.S. Treasury totaling $2.47 billion. Counties less than 500,000 in population, including Taylor County, were not eligible to receive a direct payment under the CARES Act. However, the bill allowed states to distribute funds to local governments under 500,000 in population, and on June 10, the Governor announced that the State of Florida would disburse the remaining funds allocated to Florida (totaling up to $1.275 billion) to counties with a population below 500,000 through the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) for expenditures eligible for reimbursement.

  • The CARES Act requires that the payments from the Coronavirus Relief Fund only be used to cover expenses that: 
  • are necessary expenditures incurred due to the public health emergency with respect to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID–19), 
  • were not accounted for in the budget most recently approved as of March 27, 2020 (the date of enactment of the CARES Act) for the State or government; and
  • were incurred during the period that began on March 1, 2020, and ends on December 30, 2020.

As part of the $150 billion distributed to State, Local, and Indian Tribal Governments, the State of Florida received $8.328 billion and is allocated as follows:

  Description     Amount (billions) 
   State of Florida $4.581  
  12 Largest Florida Counties (populations more than 500,000 residents)  $2.472  
   55 Florida Counties (populations less than 500,000 residents) $1.275  
  Total $8.328  


Taylor County is included as part of the $1.275 billion allocated to Florida’s 55 counties with populations less than 500,000 residents.

The Taylor County CARES Plan (Plan) 

Based on the guidance, priorities, and directives from the Taylor County Board of County Commissioners, the County has outlined the services for the Taylor CARES Program (Taylor CARES). The Taylor CARES framework and services are designed with flexibility that allows the County to respond to the needs of Taylor County residents while complying with the CARES Act requirements.

In July 2020, Taylor County received its 25% allocation, or $904,906. The County is eligible to receive the remaining 75%, or $2,714,718, on a reimbursement basis. Taylor County is eligible for CARES Act Funds totaling $3,619,624.

Taylor CARES provides for the efficient, targeted distribution of these Coronavirus Relief Funds allocated under the Federal CARES Act (H.R. 748). Taylor CARES provides funding for essential public health and safety expenditures related to COVID-19 including a variety of human service needs, critical economic relief to the local business community, and direct COVID-related costs incurred by the County, Constitutional and Judicial Offices, and the municipalities within Taylor County.

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