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Vernon greenlights $31K in CARES funds for local businesses and churches

VERNON – 42 Vernon businesses and churches will soon be receiving $751 each through CARES Act funding. 

The City of Vernon approved the payments when they met in regular session Monday, April 19.

“We want our local businesses to know that we care,” said Vernon City Clerk Tracy Walker, who also states she anticipates cutting the checks later this week.

In all, the City of Vernon received roughly $69,000 in appropriations from Washington County in March.

Of that, $7,394.02 was used to reimburse the general and water and sewer funds for COVID-19 related purchases. $30,061.60 has been allocated to the fire department, and the remaining $31,000 has been allocated to local businesses and churches which applied through the cityÂ’s application process.

In other business, the City voted to charge $300 per plot purchased within the Vernon Cemetery. Previously, there was no charge for the plots because the property did not belong to the City; however, when the cemetery turned ownership over to the City last year, the City assumed all liability and responsibility.

The council states those funds will help offset the cost of maintenance.

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