The town of Killeen is spending $294,000 on coronavirus-related expenses.
The question on everyone’s mind is, “What specific expenses will the $294,000 budget cover?”
Leslie Hinkle, Director of Community Development, said, “In March 2020, the President signed legislation…The Cares Act which granted several opportunities for cities to fight coronavirus in their communities…the city received just over 1.3 million and we have been using those funds.
Hinkle explained that the money is for utility, mortgage and rental assistance programs, as well as testing and vaccination clinics.
She added: “It’s strictly an administrative situation for us, instead of following a lot of small budgets, we’re doing a big budget, and we still have the flexibility to use the coronavirus money as it was intended, for prepare, prevent and respond to coronavirus in our community.”
Hinkle said the money now serves the same purpose as in 2020.
The only difference is that the council transferred the remaining funds to another budget category called “public health and public safety” which focuses on the well-being and standard of living of taxpayers if they are affected by the pandemic.