This month Guilford County is asking county residents to help figure out the best way to spend a whole lot of money that’s coming to the county as federal COVID-19 relief.
County officials already know how some of that $104 million of American Rescue Plan (ARP) funding will be spent – but another large portion will be used based in part on public feedback.
Anyone can express their ideas and opinions by visiting an interactive website and taking an online survey before December 31. The web address is https://www.publicinput.com/ARPA5.
In addition, Guilford County is holding a Zoom-based virtual meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 7 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. The meeting is at https://bit.ly/SGMeeting1. If called for, use ID number 878 0987 0534 and passcode 749383.
Those who wish to participate by phone should call 1-301-715-8592.
Here, in a nutshell, is the big question the county is asking: “How could $104 million best support Guilford County communities?”
Here are some of the general categories eligible under the guidelines:
- Public health response
- Addressing negative economic impacts of the virus
- Premium pay for essential workers
- Replacing public sector revenue loss
- Water and sewer infrastructure
- Broadband infrastructure
Those interested also have the option of providing their input by texting “ARPA” to 73224 to take the survey. Or they can call 855-925-2801 and enter Project Code “2902” to leave comments.
Printed or translated materials are also available by contacting Simone Robinson at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 919-706-5449.
Guilford County’s website offers more specific information about the American Rescue Plan and the funding available.
Much of the money provided must be spent by a certain deadline or Guilford County will have to return the money to the federal government.