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Towns could reap $1.16 million

Staff writer

Another round of federal coronavirus relief money available could bring a total of $1.16 million to Marion County — if cities ask for it.

The American Rescue Plan Act targets strategic investments intended to build better, resilient, and more inclusive local economies.

The catch is, towns must certify they want the funds. Any town that doesn’t want the money can decline it. Any funds declined will be given to a state fund.

Fund allotments are set according to population. They include:

  • Burns, $31,706.68.
  • Durham, $16,536.02.
  • Florence, $65,992.37.
  • Goessel, $76,005.01.
  • Hillsboro, $427,205.80.
  • Lehigh, $25,638.42.
  • Lincolnville, $29,279.37.
  • Lost Springs, $410,164.34.
  • Marion, $269,279.23.
  • Peabody, $167,028.97.
  • Ramona, $26,852.07.
  • Tampa, $15,474.07.

Hillsboro mayor Lou Thurston said the city expects to use its money for capital improvements and has been discussing where it might be needed but has not made decisions.

Before deciding, the council wants to know more about regulations for using the money.

Marion city administrator Roger Holter said Marion council members had discussed the money for several months.

The council’s intention is to use the money to renovate the town’s older water tower and possibly do work on its sewer system.

“We’ve completed the application for the city of Marion,” Holter said.

Last modified June 24, 2021

 

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