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To spend CARES Act funds, Lake County plans $35 million line of credit

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Lake County Manager Jeff Cole, who has announced his retirement, reacts to compliments from speakers during Tuesday's County Commission meeting. Image: Lake County video

Lake County plans to get a $35 million line of credit in order to spend all its CARES Act money by the end of the year.

The county has figured out how to spend $64 million in federal help promised by the state.

Its creative approach drew praise from Tavares City Manager John Drury.

Your county manager and this county commission has done an amazing job building the airplane as it’s being taxied as we deal with this Covid issue,” he said.

Sixteen million dollars is being spent already. About #13 million can be tapped soon.

The remaining $35 million will be reimbursed for money spent by the end of December.

Since the county doesn’t have that kind of cash, it’s opening a line of credit — trusting the state to keep its promise and triple-checking all the expenditures.

The plan includes $21 million for businesses, $15 million for housing help, and $12 million for local governments.


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Joe Byrnes came to WMFE/WMFV from the Ocala Star-Banner and The Gainesville Sun, where he worked as a reporter and editor for several years. Joe graduated from Loyola University in New Orleans and turned to journalism after teaching. He enjoys freshwater fishing and family gatherings.