As 2022 rolls in the Adams County Commissioners are in the position of having a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend about $20 million in federal funds provided to them by the federal American Rescue Plan (ARP) that was signed into law by President Biden in March.
According to County Manager Steve Nevada the county has already received about $10 million and expects to receive the rest of the money in 2022.
The money can be used for a variety of Covid and non-Covid related projects, including revenue replacement, household and business assistance, premium pay for essential workers, and infrastructure investments.
Although the county does not need to decide on the use of the funds until 2024 and has until 2026 to spend the money, the commissioners are already considering their options.
County Manager Steve Nevada said it was too early to commit to any numbers. “The commissioners want to move forward to get the money used to its most effective means. We don’t have the final guidance,” he said.
Nevada said there were other sources of funding available and that the county would try to be flexible to get the most use out of them.
The county has created a citizen-led task force to study improving the county’s broadband infrastructure, but Nevada said it was not certain any of the ARP funds would be used for broadband because there were other funds in the pipeline that might be used instead.
Procedures for which the decisions will be made and how the public might have input have not yet been specified.
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