Protests were held outside of the Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday.
Protests were held outside of the Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday.

After an article on the vote not to accept federal funding of $1.9 million to support the county health department’s COVID–19 pandemic response was published in the New York Times and circulated, many people across the county reacted.

In January, Supervisors Tom Crosby and Peggy Judd decided not to take the federal money as recommended by Cochise Health and Social Services Director Alicia Thompson and the county’s pandemic team reports @Shar Porier for the Herald/Review. Supervisor Ann English was the sole vote to approve the funding award.

Since that time, Cochise County has found itself in the news as word of the vote spread around the state to news anchors and other media, drawing more attention and debate on the pros and cons on supposed strings attached to the grant.

On Tuesday, more than 100 people showed up outside the Board of Supervisors building to voice viewpoints on the loss of the money, as well as praise for rejecting it. Read more

What are your thoughts? Do you think it was a good idea to reject the funding?