Millions of dollars in overtime pay and personnel costs to handle the pandemic topped the list of COVID costs in Connecticut, according to interim data obtained by the Connecticut Office of Policy and Management.

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OPM created the Municipal Coronavirus Relief Fund to help cities and states with pandemic-related expenses using federal funds through the CARES Act. The Associated Press, It reimburses them for the cost. Other federal and state programs have also provided funding.

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of the state so far 169 reported municipalities A total of approximately $41.6 million was spent from July 1, 2020 to September 30, 2021. Of that figure, $10.8 million went toward “response-related overtime,” and another $10.1 million was for “costs of public security personnel.” The AP reported that $4.8 million had been spent for “costs of public health workers.”

The Hartford put up the largest amount ever spent for overtime with $3 million. It is followed by Bridgeport with $2.24 million and New Haven with $2.05 million.

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The final report on the expenditure of the Municipal Relief Fund is due in January.

There is concern about how the money is being spent. The OPM had told municipal leaders last month that the state was examining the expenditure and using an independent firm to audit the municipal relief fund expenditure.

According to figures posted online, about $2.1 million from the fund went to cleaning and disinfecting buildings. The cost of personal protective equipment rose to $2 million, with $900,000 spent on cleaning supplies and $1.6 million going toward local health department costs.

There was also the “hero” salary, which front-line workers have demanded. Only six municipalities reported spending money on such salaries, totaling over $423,000, with Hartford again spending the most with $372,000.

For more reporting from the Associated Press, see below.

On Thursday, Senate Minority Leader Kevin Kelly, R-Stratford, joined a group of activists, reiterating the GOP’s call for more transparency in how pandemic relief money is being spent and holding a bipartisan public hearing. on the process.” The group recently pointed to Arrest of a former West Haven official and state legislator And his business partner Who has been charged with misappropriating more than $600,000 in federal COVID-19 relief funds.

Kelly said, “We believe that people have a right to know how their money is being spent and that they should have a guarantee that their tax dollars are going where they need to go. “

Cynthia Jennings, a civil rights lawyer and former Hartford City Council member, said she and other black Democrats are supporting Kelly’s call for a hearing after West Haven’s arrest. She said both sides “have a common interest in ensuring that each Connecticut community, including black and brown communities, receives its fair share of COVID-19 funding.”

Melissa McCaw, secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, has said that while one of her agency’s main pandemic duties is reviewing the use of federal funds by municipalities, “the process will be thorough.” The federal government has rules on how municipalities can use the money, and expenditures are subject to a federal audit.