At the May 12th Board of Supervisors meeting, Michelle Steel, Chairwoman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors and Supervisor Donald P. Wagner introduced a motion to direct $75 million of CARES Act Funding to Assist Business Recovery Grant Program to be administered and divided amongst the cities. Unfortunately, the motion was defeated in a 3-2 vote.
“This plan to allocate $75 million dollars of CARES Act money earmarked for assisting small businesses to our cities was a way to help out businesses that are struggling in the wake of the economic impact from coronavirus. Unfortunately, this motion did not pass,” said Chairwoman Steel. “I have faith that in next week’s meeting we will have another chance to have majority support to assist our small businesses in Orange County.”
“I want to thank Chairwoman Steel for sharing my commitment to using CARES Act money to support small businesses throughout Orange County,” said Supervisor Wagner. “I look forward to the Board finally implementing this plan next week. I believe the cities are the most appropriate representatives of the people to distribute this much-needed support.”