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Dubuque Supervisors prepared for coronavirus expenses

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DUBUQUE, Iowa (KWWL) - As the coronavirus continues to spread, the Dubuque County Board of Supervisors said they are prepared to handle any expense that may occur.

Since the beginning of March, Dubuque County has spent about $750,000 on pandemic related needs.

About $250,000 was spent to equip county employees to be able to work from home. An additional $500,000 has been spent on other essential needs.

However, Dubuque County Supervisor, Jay Wickham, said the money is being put towards an important purpose.

"If you look at the allocations of the budget, a large portion of it went back into the community and for those non-profits that are providing meals and necessities and supplies," said Wickham. "Meals On Wheels, those types of examples, to those who are both young and old disabled who need our help."

And while the numbers may seem steep, Wickham said they are well prepared. The annual county budget is $74 million.

"The good news is that we are in a very good financial position," said Wickham. "We have a good funding sheet and good fund balances. And generally speaking, before the outbreak, we had a strong economy."

The funding predominantly comes from county property taxes. Wickham said he does not expect to see any taxes increasing in the near future due to the spending.

Ashley Scott

Reporter, Dubuque

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