SD cities and counties to receive $200 million in COVID-19 relief funding

Rapid City and Pennington County will receive a combined $25 million from the relief funding

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — While in Sioux Falls, Gov. Kristi Noem announced Monday that South Dakota cities and counties will receive $200 million in CARES Act federal funding for coronavirus relief.

In total, the state will receive $1.25 billion in funding that’s purpose is to provide needed relief for the state.

The City of Sioux Falls will have access to nearly $41.5 million while Minnehaha County will be able to access up to about $13 million. Lincoln County will be able to access up to $4 million. All entities in the state will be able to access the same amount of money.

Cities and counties of South Dakota will have to submit reimbursement requests that will be reviewed to ensure that those requests meet federal and state guidelines. Noem said that the guidelines for the reimbursement process is available at the state’s COVID-19 website here.

The amount of money that is allotted to each city and county will be based off the U.S. Census data that is in place.

While Noem is hopeful that some of the money will be used to relieve some of the revenue loss in the future, at this time, there is no “leniency” on the aid being used to supplement the loss.

“We do not have any leniency yet on using any of these dollars for revenue loss,” Noem said. “That is still something that we’re looking for, and I do know that there are more possible legislative packages that could be moving through congress that would give us that flexibility.”

Noem also said that she is working with lawmakers to see if a special session will be needed in August and that if new programs are needed, the legislators will be available to to make sure that the new programs can be put into “statute”.

As for the state budget, the governor is encouraged about the lack of a dip in the sales tax revenue and said that it looks better than many anticipated.

“We were pretty encouraged to not see our sales tax revenues not be the dramatic dip that originally we had anticipated,” Noem said. “We do think that we don’t have a full picture yet of what the impact could be. I do believe the state budget looks like it will be in better shape than anticipated, but we still have some challenges ahead of us.”

Although encouraged by the outlook of the state budget, Noem says that businesses could continue to struggle in the future as they look to overcome the impact from the pandemic.

“For a long period of time, we could see businesses that could have a difficulty dealing with some of the economic stresses that they’ve seen because of the virus and the economic slowdown because of it.”

Rapid City and Pennington County combined will receive $25 million. With their share of $17.5 million, Rapid City will look at the Emergency Shelter and emergency response entities.

Noem will visit Rapid on Tuesday, June 23 to make a similar announcement and give information to the public. NewsCenter1 will provide coverage of the announcement.

Categories: Coronavirus, Local News, South Dakota News