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Jackson Considers How To Allocate COVID-19 Relief Funds

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The city of Jackson will get $31-million from the American Rescue Plan.

Jackson’s city manager is considering how best to allocate millions of dollars in COVID-19 relief funds from the federal government.

Jackson will get $31-million from the American Rescue Plan through 2024.

Spokesman Aaron Dimick says city manager Jonathan Greene would like to devote half of the money to water-related upgrades, adding "we’re looking at using a lot of the money to replace infrastructure, lead line service replacements and water main repairs, sewer repairs, that kind of thing.”

Greene’s proposal would also allocate money to income tax revenue replacement and park improvements. According to Dimick, "it will be the work of the Jackson city council and our city administration to be allocating these funds, which I would expect us to start doing late summer into the fall. This is really goig to be an ongoing thing that we're talking about over the next three years."

Jackson officials are gathering input on what to do with the money at two public meetings this month. The first is at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at city hall. It will also be streamed live on the city of Jackson’s website and Facebook page. The second meeting is scheduled for July 27th.

Scott Pohl is a general assignment news reporter and produces news features and interviews. He is also an alternate local host on NPR's "Morning Edition."
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