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  • County launches new website to track COVID recovery spending

    Pima County has launched a new website, PimaRecovers.com, dedicated to the public transparency of its grant-funded COVID-19 recovery programs. The site features an interactive Transparency Dashboard that allows users to view every program funded for COVID relief and examine its spending in detail. It also allows users to view how much a program has been awarded versus how much has been spent to-date.

    The site also features a Success Story Board, containing written narratives of instances in which a Pima County COVID recovery program made a difference in the life of an individual or community organization. For example, the Eviction Prevention Program was able to stop a mobility-impaired Tucson woman from losing her one-bedroom apartment after she fell behind on rent due to the expense of repairing her mobility scooter.
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    Additionally, PimaRecovers features a reports section, providing an easy reference to official documents related to COVID recovery funding for Pima County, such as the Board of Supervisors’ tentative plan for ARPA spending, and the various memoranda transmitted from the County Administrator to the Board on the subject.

    The site’s primary focus is funding Pima County received through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020, which has now been fully expended, and the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021, which will provide funding through 2025. But the site will also include COVID relief funds secured through other federal, state, and private sources.

    In a media release, Acting Pima County Administrator Jan Lesher spoke to the importance of funding to Pima County and its communities, as well as the need for transparency. “If it weren't for these grants, the pandemic would have had serious deleterious effects on the county budget and severely limited not only the county's response to the pandemic, but also the healthcare industry, first responders, nonprofits and the business community, all of which the county was able to assist with these funds,” she said.

    “The COVID relief acts were truly a lifeline for our community,” she continued, “and it's important for the county to be completely transparent about how it has used or is using these large grants."
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