It is clear the COVID-19 pandemic will have both a short and long term effect on our nation. A number of programs have been or are in the process of being rolled out at the state and federal levels, but I’d like to take this opportunity to share with you some of the local programs underway to immediately assist our Delaware County residents and businesses. These local programs are made possible by the Delaware County Commissioners, the Delaware County Finance Authority, other elected officials, and leaders throughout the Delaware County community.
1. Rent and Utility Assistance Program (RUAP) – The RUAP provides grants to eligible households of up to $500 to be used towards rent and necessary utility payments. Eligibility is determined in part as Low-To-Moderate Income households within the County. Necessary utility payments are considered to be: water and sewer, electric, and/or natural gas/propane.
2. Small Business Assistance Program (SBAP) – The SBAP provides assistance to those businesses in need of consultant services on topics such as: general legal matters, financial consultations, human resources assistance, and SBA and governmental navigation assistance. Ideal candidates for this program are businesses of up to 50 employees.
3. Property Tax Due Date Extension – With the support of the County Commissioners, the County Auditor and County Treasurer are evaluating an extension of the due date for property taxes to be submitted. A decision on this initiative is expected in the next few weeks.
Delaware County maintains and administers these programs and additional information can be found at economicdevelopment.co.delaware.oh.us/covid-19/