Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky 2021-06-23 21:14:01 –
Frankfort, Kentucky (LEX 18) — Kentucky Auditor Mike Harmon Data flash report Details of the Bescher administration’s allocation of more than $ 1.5 billion to federal COVID-19 relief funding.
According to the report, much of the money goes to city and county governments, unemployment insurance trust funds, and COVID-19 inspection and contact tracing. Breaking news..
But the largest spending committed over $ 420 million falls into a category called eligible state government spending, Harmon said.
“It’s a fairly broad category, so I’ve created some more questions you might have,” Harmon said. “We asked the budget director for a little more explanation, and they sent a little more breakdown of it.”
According to the audit report, this category includes SEEK funding, state agency refunds, and remote work equipment.
“The government is completely transparent about how the $ 1 of the Federal Coronavirus Relief Fund was spent,” said John Hicks, director of the state budget bureau, in a statement.
Of the funding detailed in Harmon’s report, more than $ 327 million has been contributed to the city and county governments, and the Lexington-Fayette County Urban County Government has received $ 27 million.
Over $ 215 million is spent on PPE, COVID testing, contact tracing, and public awareness. The Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund has contributed more than $ 203 million.
“We are trying to distill it in a more user-friendly format so that the average citizen can see how their taxes are being spent,” Harmon said.
Although this report is not an audit, Harmon said his office will begin auditing all 2021 spending after the fiscal year ends on June 30.
Complete Statement from Budget Director John Hicks:
“The government was completely transparent about how the $ 1 of the Federal Coronavirus Relief Fund was spent. I personally testified about its use in front of state legislatures, especially with regard to the state government. The Auditor’s report does not contain the extensive testimony and documents I submitted to the General Assembly. I referred to the “Eligible Government” in the newsletter. We provided the amount of “expenditure” for each institution to the Audit & Supervisory Board. Auditors are not. Since the audit in fiscal year 2020, we have requested materials for audit purposes. Part of the funding has already been audited, and the government has worked with lawmakers on 28% of the “qualified government spending” funding, and the impact of that spending is a 2021 budget revision passed by the General Assembly at the 2021 session. These effects have been publicly stated. Budget document displayed in d National Budget Director’s website.. “