Fall River urged to weigh on ARPA spending

FALL RIVER – How should the city spend the nearly $ 70 million in federal money in the event of the American Recovery Plan Act pandemic?

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On Monday, July 19, at 6 p.m. at the Our Lady of Light Orchestra and Banquet Hall, Mayor Paul Coogan will give the audience a chance to speak out on how best to spend the money.

“We’ll do a presentation on ARPA, we’ll have the task force there and we’ll listen to the audience,” Coogan said.

Coogan met with police and fire departments to find out their needs and how ARPA funding can be used for public safety, as well as other city departments.

“I’m hoping to get some good ideas from people for the best use of the money to benefit Fall River,” Coogan said.

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Chief Financial Officer Mary Sahady said the The city received $ 34.8 million when it first installed ARPA funding last month.

The US Treasury has broadened the categories of projects and improvements, Sahady said, which include public health; negative economic impacts; services with a disproportionate impact on communities; bonuses; water, sewer and broadband infrastructure; income replacement; and administrative costs.

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To date, the only $ 69.6 million ARPA funding commitment to the city is $ 4.5 million for lost revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic that is in the budget. 2022 of the administration.

The ARPA relief money comes on top of the $ 8 million the city received in CARES law money last year that the administration is still spending on expenses related to COVID-19.

Our Lady of Light Band and Banquet Facility is located at 644 Quarry St.

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