Jackson City Officials Have Started Planning for Next Round of COVID Relief Funding

Jackson city officials expect to receive approximately $2.75 million in federal funds as part of the American Rescue Plan, but at Monday night’s meeting of the Jackson Board of Aldermen there were more questions than answers about when the funds will become available as well as what the city has to do to obtain the money and how it can be used. Officials with the Southeast Missouri Regional Planning & Economic Development Commission said during a presentation on Monday night that cities and counties with populations of more than 50,000 have been able to apply directly to the federal government for funding under the American Rescue Plan. This plan was approved by Congress earlier this year to help counter economic losses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. But, communities with fewer than 50,000 residents have to wait for the State of Missouri to apply for the federal funds and the state will, in turn, distribute it to municipalities. The $2.75 million city officials are expecting is based on population estimates compiled by the U.S. League of Cities. While several details related to fund application, distribution and reporting are still to be worked out, Jackson officials say they at least know the money must be utilized for COVID-related expenses or to offset lost revenue as a result of the pandemic.


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