With a 6-0 vote, the Cape Girardeau City Council endorsed a strategy for spending American Rescue Plan (ARP) federal funds when the municipality gets the approximant $8.28 million. City officials say they poured through 151 pages of federal guidance, called an interim final ruling, to local government entities in constructing the proposed spending plan. City officials proposed to the city council to distribute yet-to-be received funds in the following ways:
$4,580,600 for lost public sector revenue during the coronavirus pandemic, principally shortfalls in anticipated revenue from the following taxes: general fund, casino, hotel/motel/restaurant and motor fuel.
$2,950,000 for sewer and stormwater infrastructure
$750,000 for other programs and services