Local governmental units in Monroe County are eligible for around $7.7 million in pandemic relief funding to reimburse COVID-19 related expenses, according to area lawmakers.

Monroe County and surrounding communities are eligible for pandemic relief funding to cover COVID-19 related expenses through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economics Security Act.

"Fighting this virus does not come without economic consequences," state Rep. Jeff Ellington, R-Bloomington, said in a Thursday press release. "So many local officials have worked tirelessly to keep Hoosiers safe, and I'm grateful this funding is available to help our local governments recover."

According to the release, the following local government units are eligible to receive the following amounts:

• Monroe County, $4,766,543.
• Bloomington, $2,757,105.
• Ellettsville, $216,594.
• Stinesville, $7,040.

State Rep. Peggy Mayfield, R-Martinsville, added that Indiana was allocated $300 million in federal funding to help communities with reimbursement expenditures related to the pandemic. She said allocated amounts are based on population and cannot be used to replace lost tax revenue.

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