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Published on Aug 07, 2020

CARES fund update from Commerce & the SAO

Contact: AWC online learning

In May of 2020, Governor Inslee announced that local governments would receive $300 million of the state's federal CARES funds. While these much-needed funds brought a level of relief to city leaders, they also caused confusion and concern over how to properly spend the money and how these funds would impact audits. Join AWC, the Department of Commerce, and the State Auditor's Office for an informative webinar that will answer burning questions and address many of the common concerns.

This webinar is for elected officials, city managers/administrators, city clerks, and finance staff.

Recorded: July 27, 2020

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NEW Commerce & SAO: Responses to questions from the webinar

Commerce: Local government coronavirus relief funds information page

MRSC: Coronavirus (COVID-19) local government fiscal impacts [See section dedicated to “CARES Act and Federal Stimulus]

SAO: Check out these top resources about federal assistance during COVID-19 (April 27)

SAO: Keep these tips in mind if you are spending FEMA public assistance money (April 29)

SAO: Five reasons to step up your documentation (June 9)

SAO: Helpdesk



Tony Hanson, Deputy Assistant Director, Local Government Division, Washington State Department of Commerce

Kelly Collins, Director of Local Audit, Washington State Auditor's Office

Mayor Caroline Belleci, City of University Place

Mayor Greg Wheeler, City of Bremerton

Mayor Ben Wick, City of Spokane Valley


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