The Jeffersonville City Council at its meeting tonight will consider a proposal to establish a fund to pay city expenses in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
City Council President Matt Owen said the proposal will transfer $500,000 from the city’s Rainy Day Fund to be utilized across the city’s public safety, sanitation, and other departments responding to COVID-19. The balance in the Rainy Day Fund is $4.6 million.
“This is why we have the Rainy Day Fund. We’re very lucky to have the financial resources to fund unexpected expenses and emergencies,” said Mayor Mike Moore. “Our primary goal is to make sure that essential city services are not disrupted by the pandemic. This new fund will help our city departments during this challenging time.”
Owen explained that the city has already seen an added cost for supplies and personal protective equipment utilized by city employees who are maintaining essential services, and that any Federal Reimbursement received by the city would be utilized to replenish the city’s Rainy Day Fund.
“I think it is important that we, as elected officials, not only take action to provide for our employees and in-turn our constituents, but we need to let them know we are actively working for their benefit as they are continually working for the benefit and safety of the entire City.” Owen said. “There is a lot of uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, but there should be no uncertainty in reference to our City’s ability to effectively respond.”
The city council will meet electronically tonight at 7 p.m. The meeting can be viewed on the city’s Facebook page.