Oklahoma County Budget Board members voted to recommend the county use $1.5 million of its CARES Act funding for an eviction mitigation program during a tense meeting Thursday morning.
The funding must now be approved by the Board of County Commissioners before it is officially sent through an existing county trust and then to the Communities Foundation of Oklahoma, the same organization doling out eviction relief using CARES Act funding from Oklahoma City and the state government.
Budget Board members, which include all of the elected officials within county government, had questions about technicalities and accountability.
Eventually, members voted 6-1-1 in favor of recommending the program to commissioners.
Court Clerk Rick Warren did not vote since he is a property owner, and Commissioner Kevin Calvey voted against the measure after saying there wasn’t enough information and that he believed the county should only provide rental assistance for individuals who live in unincorporated areas.