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.
This article originally appeared on the Aurora Patch