Since March 11, 2020 when Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham declared a state public health emergency related to the coronavirus pandemic, the Las Cruces City Council has allocated $1,855,000 in financial assistance to various local non-profit organizations and departments within the municipality for COVID-19 related expenses.
The funds are from both the City’s general fund and the Telshor Facility Fund (TFF), which is money the City receives for the lease of Memorial Medical Center that is jointly owned by the City and county. The TFF is for the specific purpose of providing operating expenses to eligible non-profit organizations in exchange for qualified health care to the sick, indigent, and low-income community members of Las Cruces.
“My fellow city councilors and I are keenly aware of the financial stress the pandemic is placing on the community,” said Mayor Ken Miyagishima. “Hardest hit are members of our vulnerable population. We recognize our responsibility to help maintain ongoing operations to assist them and we are therefore using the financial resources at our disposal in that endeavor.”
Miyagishima said the city council wants their coronavirus-related allocations to be fully transparent, so the City created an online funding tracker.
“This new COVID-19 funding tracker is a quick and easy way for the public to see what services the money is helping to provide,” said Interim City Manager David Maestas. “A simple spreadsheet shows the organizations receiving funding, total funding amounts, expenditures to date and the clients served.” Maestas said the spreadsheet is kept current by reflecting the most recent actions.
The funding tracker can be accessed on the home page of the City of Las Cruces website at las-cruces.org under the Hot Topic titled: COVID-19 Relief Funding.
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