Photo Credit: Gilbert’s on Main

The City of Bellevue recently announced that it is increasing its contract with five human service agencies by $90,000 each. This change is intended to provide emergency financial assistance to the community during the COVID-19 health pandemic.

The $450,000 is going to Catholic Community Services, Hopelink, LifeWire, Salvation Army and Solid Ground. The money will help to assist Bellevue residents with funding for food, housing, utilities and other expenses that come up.

According to Mayor Lynne Robinson, “The City of Bellevue is committed to helping our diverse community get through these unprecedented times as we work together to stop the spread of COVID-19.”

The City of Bellevue also announced last week that it would defer Q1 and Q2 local Business and Occupation tax payments for certain small businesses to October in an effort to help businesses weather the economic impacts of the pandemic.

“Our local businesses are key to our vitality as a city and we do not intend to lose them”, said Bellevue Mayor Robinson. “We know they are hurting as a result of the necessary actions taken to slow the spread of COVID-19, and we are exploring ways to help at the local level.”

A declaration was issued by the Mayor relieving small businesses with gross receipts under $5 million of paying Q1 and Q2 taxes until October 31, 2020. Larger businesses may also have an option upon request to defer tax payments for up to 90 days. For more information, visit their website.

To find out more information on COVID-19 community resources, visit the City of Bellevue’s website.

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