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Plano allocates final portions of CARES Act funding



PLANO, TX – Frisco ISD, Lewisville ISD and civil service staff will receive the remaining amount of Plano’s CARES Act Direct Costs funding.

The city of Plano held roughly $4.5 million of its relief funds in reserve to monitor COVID-19-related changes over the summer on the recommendation of City Manager Mark Israelson.

The allocation of a $14,000 grant to Frisco ISD for personal protective equipment and the remaining portion of the $4.5 million to Plano civil service salaries was given the go-ahead at a Sept. 28 city council meeting. Lewisville ISD has also shown a need for additional PPE, and the city expects to provide a grant when the exact amount of need is better known.

“We feel very comfortable with this approach,” Israelson said. “Applying these funds to salaries allows the city to track and audit in a very consistent manner the expenses that the city has incurred.”

This decision exhausts the city’s roughly $16 million in CARES funds it received in May from Collin County. However, the county is still supporting Plano residents and businesses through its small business grant and housing and food assistance programs, Israelson said.