Oklahoma cities, counties to get federal relief funds based on population.

Gov. Kevin Stitt’s office announced on Wednesday a change to the distribution process for CARES Act funding going to cities and counties, saying it will allow for dollars to be accessed more efficiently.

Roughly $250 million of the state’s total $1.2 billion in funding from the CARES Act — the first federal COVID-19 relief package — will now go to Oklahoma cities and counties based on population, and each local government now has a funding cap, according to a press release.

Using 2019 U.S. Census Bureau population estimates, the formula provides $77 for each person. For counties, the population will only reflect those in unincorporated areas.

“After working with and observing the fiscal impact of COVID-19 on local governments, I directed our team to streamline its reimbursement process and to deliver more flexibility for getting these critical funds out the door,” Stitt said in the press release. “The new … allocation model will ensure city and county governments have equitable access and more foresight as they plan for the remainder (of) 2020.”

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