Lawrence County and cities within the county could be eligible for thousands of dollars in reimbursement through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act if a plan endorsed last week by the Arkansas CARES Act Steering Committee is implemented.

Under the plan, which requires approval by the Arkansas Legislative Council, $75 million will be divided among the state’s 500 municipalities, based on population, and counties will be eligible for another $75 million based on state turnback funding and public safety funding formulas for the counties.

The plan was devised by leaders of the Association of Arkansas Counties and the Arkansas Municipal League.

County Judge John Thomison said Lawrence County will pursue the reimbursement if approved and after the guidelines are distributed.

“It’s a fluid situation,” he said. “We are pursing all avenues.”

He said they are prepared to be able to offer documentation on expenses.

“We’ve been keeping files on what’s been spent and potential allowable expenses,” he said.

Funding will be distributed on a reimbursement basis directly to the cities, towns and counties after their submitted claims are reviewed by the state Department of Finance and Administration. The claims also must be approved by CARES Act Steering Committee and the Legislative Council.

Unclaimed funds will be returned to the Steering Committee for redistribution.

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