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Baltimore seeking more than $100 million, money would help cover cost of response to pandemic

Posted at 6:21 PM, Apr 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-15 19:52:10-04

BALTIMORE — Baltimore seeks more than $100 million from the federal government to help cover the cost of the city's response to COVID-19.

Cities seeking financial relief are eligible to receive direct reimbursement for COVID-19 expenses, as part of the coronavirus stimulus plan.

Baltimore City Finance Director Henry Raymond already has announced the city would end the current fiscal year $42 million in the red because of costs related to COVID-19.

“It would be a tremendous help if we were able to use that revenue to backfill the revenue that we're not going to obtain, so that's in discussion. So right now, it can only be used for operating expenses that are directly COVID related,” said Raymond.

Officials said the funds would be used to cover the city's cost of personal protective equipment, cleaning supplies and food distribution.