Aurora Eyes $ 2.5M In Coronavirus Aid for Eating places, Bars

AURORA, IL – Aurora Beacon-News reports that Aurora officials are considering a multi-million dollar coronavirus aid package to help the city’s bars and restaurants weather the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Mayor Richard Irvin has proposed several initiatives worth nearly $ 2.5 million, about half of which will be in the form of corporate grants, the report said.

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Officials also hope to give companies about $ 1 million in relief by avoiding food and beverage taxes for three months. The city could provide an additional $ 250,000 in relief for companies licensed to consume local liquor through a year-long license fee hiatus, Beacon News reports.

About $ 1 million for the proposed grant program – known as the Coronavirus Emergency Relief Fund – would come from a budget surplus, with an additional $ 200,000 added to the fund through savings from city hall job cuts, the report said.

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If the aid package is approved, Aurora companies will could apply for grants Between $ 2,000 and $ 15,000 from the city’s emergency fund, according to the report.

In several committees, the city councils forwarded the mayor’s proposals for discussion at the Aurora city council meeting on Tuesday.

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This article originally appeared on the Aurora Patch

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