Woodson County has been allocated $609,520.00 in American Rescue Plan Act funds.

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GENERAL INFORMATION

 

The first allocation was made in May 2021 with half of the funds being disbursed to the county.

The second allocation will be made in May 2022.

Funds must be allocated to be spent by December 31, 2024.

 

 

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ALLOWABLE USES

 

Allowable uses of the funding is as follows:

Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds provide eligible state, local, territorial, and Tribal governments with a substantial infusion of resources to meet

pandemic response needs and rebuild a stronger, more equitable economy as the country recovers. Within the categories of eligible uses, recipients have broad

flexibility to decide how best to use this funding to meet the needs of their communities. Recipients may use Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds to:

• 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.

Within these overall categories, Treasury’s Interim Final Rule provides guidelines and principles for determining the types of programs and services that this funding

can support, together with examples of allowable uses that recipients may consider. Treasury has also designed these provisions to take into consideration the

disproportionate impacts of the COVID-19 public health emergency on those hardest-hit by the pandemic.

 

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EXPENDITURES

1)      On August 3rd 2021, The Board of County Commissioners approved spending $240,000 on a new Ambulance for Woodson County. This expenditure will allow the Ambulance

       Department to respond more easily to situations out in rural areas of the county as the new ambulance will be four wheel drive and better suited to handle every terrain which

       will meet a need of the citizens living in the rural areas who live in a Qualified Census Tract.

·       Actual Amount Spent $230,317.00

2)      In July Commissioners approve the purchase of a laptop for the Public Works Administrator. This laptop and accessories will connect remotely to the Road and Bridge office in

       the Courthouse and allow the Administrator to work remotely in times that having him present in the Courthouse is not advised as he comes into contact with more remote

       employees and more people in the public.

Total Expenditures:

                   Received May 2021 -       $304,760.00

                               Ambulance -       $230,317.00

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    Remaining Funds -              $  74,443.00

 

 

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POTENTIAL EXPENDITURES

1)     On August 31, 2021, The Board of County Commissioners will be presented with Revenue Loss calculations for 2020 in the amount of $330,657.06. If approved by the Commission money allocated to Revenue Loss will be spent for government services and infrastructure such as roads.