The third round of Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding was recently released to Jackson County Auditor Tiffany Ridgeway, who then distributed the funding to the local entities claiming their share. All municipalities, including individual townships, were eligible to make application for their share of the total funding.

A total of $2,336,053.16 was distributed in this third round of funding, with the county itself claiming 44.816 percent or $1,168,026.58. The City of Jackson received $224,502.69, the City of Wellston received $198,448.84, the Village of Coalton claimed $17,044.91 and the Village of Oak Hill received $54,846.40.

This round of funding was larger than the previous two combined, with totals of $887,262.39 and $443,631.20 having been distributed in the first and second rounds, respectively.

In addition to this update, the state’s timetable for the distribution and return of unencumbered funds was likewise altered. The following dates were outlined on the funding timeline as of Tuesday, Oct. 13:

* Oct. 20 – The interim report is due to the Ohio Office of Budget Management (OBM) for activity through Sept. 30.

* Oct. 30 – As part of the OBM Distribution Report, Auditor Ridgeway must report the amount of funding distributed to each claiming entity.

* Nov. 20 – Unencumbered funds from entities must be returned to Auditor Ridgeway.

* Nov. 25 – Auditor Ridgeway will redirect additional funds to entities.

* Dec. 1 – As part of the OBM Redistribution Report, Auditor Ridgeway is to report the amount of funding redistributed to each claiming entity.

* Undetermined date in December – Entities must return all unexpended money to Auditor Ridgeway.

* Jan. 6, 2021 – The interim report for activity from Oct. 1 to Dec. 30 is due to the OBM.

* Feb. 1, 2021 – Unexpended funds must be returned to the OBM.

* Feb. 10, 2021 – The Final Closeout Report is due to the OBM.