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Columbus Council Accepts CARES ACT Funding, Approves Tax Breaks

May 19, 2020

Columbus City Council last night formally accepted 157 million dollars in federal CARES Act funding to help with economic and human service needs amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Council allocated 50.7 million to provide shelter for the homeless, and for low income residents to meet basic needs. It is not yet clear how the city will allocate the rest of those funds. Mayor Andy Ginther has proposed forming an advisory committee to direct funding to areas of greatest need.  Council President Shannon Hardin:

The panel also approved creating tax increment financing districts for an electic company and Kauffman Development for a pair of projects that will result in property tax savings. Public speakers were not involved in last night's online meeting, but failed city council candidate Joe Motil issued a statement critical of the projects. He says people are struggling to survive, and projects such as Grandview Crossing don't need a tax break.