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Tallahassee mayor to Congress: ‘Pass a relief bill equal to the need’

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Posted at 3:35 PM, Dec 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-21 15:35:09-05

In a letter addressed to Congress on Monday, Tallahassee Mayor John Dailey pleaded for lawmakers to “pass a relief bill equal to the need,” saying the recently approved relief bill is not enough.

The letter, which Mayor Dailey tweeted out from his Twitter account Monday, is a page and a half explaining how the $900 billion stimulus package is not enough.

“We have too many families in our city that have been struggling for nearly a year now; a one-time $600/per person relief check does nothing more than scratch the surface of need,” Dailey wrote.

The mayor also addressed the proposed one-month extension of the eviction moratorium, by writing that without a holistic plan the stress put on renters, landlords and the entire rental market means that the problem will just return in a few weeks.

The letter also reminded lawmakers how Tallahassee is one of the few cities in the state that has not shut off utilities for missing or late payments, resulting in an $8 million shortfall from utility revenue alone.

“Put simply, I am calling on Congress to pass a relief bill equal to the need.” Dailey wrote in closing. “Anything less will stunt our national recovery and needlessly prolong suffering.”