Where to spend $110 million the next few years? The city, weighing general expenditure areas outlined by federal officials, is trying to figure out the best use of dollars from The American Rescue Plan Act. The City Council has formally accepted the money, now wants to hear from constituents where it should be invested.
A public hearing will take place Tuesday 6 p.m. by Zoom/teleconference. The public may dial into this meeting by calling the following conference line and then entering the conference code:
Dial-In Number: (929) 436 2866
Meeting ID: 381 083 245
Federal treasury guidelines lay out general areas where the funds can be spent:
• Support public health expenditures, by funding COVID-19 mitigation efforts, medical expenses, behavioral healthcare, and certain public health and safety staff;
• Address negative economic impacts caused by the public health emergency, including economic harms to workers, households, small businesses, impacted industries, and the public sector;
• Replace lost public sector revenue, using this funding to provide government services to the extent of the reduction in revenue experienced due to the pandemic;
• Provide premium pay for essential workers, offering additional support to those who have borne and will bear the greatest health risks because of their service in critical infrastructure sectors; and,
• Invest in water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure, making necessary investments to improve access to clean drinking water, support vital wastewater and stormwater infrastructure, and to expand access to broadband internet.
See more detailed guidelines here.