American Rescue Plan graphic via whitehouse.gov
American Rescue Plan graphic via whitehouse.gov
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NORTHWEST CORNER — When it was announced that municipalities and school districts across the state would be receiving millions of dollars in aid from the American Rescue Plan, questions emerged on what the funds could be spent on and whether or not the funds estimated would even come in at all.
It was originally announced earlier in the month by Congressman John B. Larson’s (D-1) office that municipalities throughout the state would get the aid through the $1.9 trillion packages, which was developed by President Joseph Biden’s administration to speed up the country’s economic recovery from the Covid pandemic.
In an email to The Winsted Phoenix, Mary Yatrousis, communication director for Congressman Larson’s office, wrote that there will be strings attached to what the funds can be used for.
Yatrousis wrote that the funds can be used to respond to the public health emergency caused by the pandemic, including its negative impacts, which include assisting households, small businesses, and nonprofits, and also to aid impacted industries including tourism, travel, and hospitality.
The funds can also be used to help pay employees who have provided essential work during the pandemic, along with providing grants to employers that have conducted essential work, along with the payment of government services that have had a reduction in revenue due to the pandemic.
Finally, the funds can be used for investments into water, sewer, or broadband infrastructure.
The funds from the stimulus plan cannot be used for a municipality’s pension fund.
According to Yatrousis, all estimated funds will be finalized and distributed within the next two months by the Treasury Department.
A list of the estimated funds that municipalities and school districts in the Northwest Corner will receive is at this link.

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