Dripping Springs looking into relief program for businesses

Following the lead of Buda and others, the city of Dripping Springs has announced the formation of a committee to create a COVID-19 Disaster Relief Program for businesses. The action was approved during the council meeting May 20.

Committee members include city staff along with Susan Kimball, president of the Dripping Springs Chamber of Commerce. The committee will “look at various ways the city can help local businesses such as waiving various fees like for permit applications and wastewater service, along with other measures the city can take,” according to a news release.

Although the program is for businesses and not individuals, city leaders believe its adoption will both assist and stimulate the economy, which will help individuals as well.

“Our priority is the health and safety of Dripping Springs residents and our community,” Mayor Bill Foulds said. “A healthy business environment is crucial to the continued growth of our city.” He said the council and other city leaders “have been closely monitoring the situation and want to do everything we can to support and provide relief for our local businesses that have been financially affected during this pandemic. We hope that this disaster relief program will help us do that.”

Both business owners and residents are urged to provide input and suggestions for the committee. They can be addressed to Executive Assistant Kevin Campbell at kcampbell@cityofdrippingsprings.com.

The committee is scheduled to present its ideas for the program at the next council meeting on June 9.

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