County commissioners in December agreed to spend the final $1.7 million it had left on salaries and overtime for law enforcement and firefighters, bringing the total spent on public safety personnel to $24 million. Another $24 million was split among other county departments for efforts to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.
Social services received smaller shares of the pie. School assistance programs received $11 million, while $9 million was spent on housing and rental assistance. Food assistance programs received $2 million, while the county’s public health department received just under $2 million. Job training programs received less than $900,000.
About $10 million went to cities, which spent most of their funding on public safety, small business grants and health and safety equipment.
More federal aid is on the way. Cobb is set to receive the second half of its $148 million allocation under the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act in March 2022.