The changes will allow companies to keep money — which will otherwise go to the government — a little longer to help meet immediate needs. The extension on businesses license renewals until July and the ability not to pay taxes on March, April or May alcohol sales until September 10 will allow for more leeway for small businesses in the county.
Nash originally signed an emergency order Monday which allows her to temporarily suspend county rules and ordinances if strict compliance “would in any way prevent, hinder or delay necessary action in coping with the emergency.”
Other provisions in the order relax the county’s purchasing requirements and allow for the use of public property to protect lives and health. They also let the county provide temporary housing or emergency shelters.
“We just need more flexibility,” Nash told Channel 2 Action News Tuesday. “As we’ve seen over the past two weeks, the situation’s very fluid. It’s evolving.”
A spokesperson for the county did not know how much money would be diverted because of the decision or if any existing programs would be affected.