How Franklin is spending $10.8 million on CARES, funding America’s bailout

Franklin student Laken Hammond gives a model a haircut, practicing the technique at the Franklin Hair Academy, Monday, May 2, 2022.

Franklin will receive $10.8 million in federal coronavirus relief from the CARES Act and the US bailout.

It is now up to the municipal authorities to allocate this money to municipal services, local organizations and businesses in Franklin. Here’s how the funds have been allocated so far.

CARES Act

Franklin received $1.21 million in CARES Act funding in 2021.

Most of it helped pay police and firefighter salaries totaling $837,192 during the economic downturn caused by the pandemic.

City employees have received a total of $172,161 in financial assistance to facilitate remote work.

The city spent $125,643 on personal protective equipment such as face masks and another $78,641 on other public health expenses. According to a city report, the city only used $73 of CARES Act funding for COVID-19 testing and contact tracing.

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