St. Louis and St. Louis County officers met individually on Saturday to prioritize methods to spend a mixed $710 million of incoming federal stimulus funding, allotted by way of the American Rescue Plan.
The cash, a part of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan signed by President Joe Biden on March 11, represents the most important infusion of federal funds into native governments in many years.
The St. Louis County Council met with a facilitator in a hybrid session that was each on-line and in particular person for greater than three hours for preliminary discussions on the place its $193 million minimize of funding ought to be spent. The St. Louis metropolis Stimulus Advisory Board, which includes 25 members from throughout the private and non-private spheres, additionally met, aiming to provide suggestions for a way town’s $517 million share of cash can greatest be spent.
St. Louis County officers recognized 11 broad spending classes. County Council members have been requested to slim the listing to 5, however no formal vote was taken and the tally of their preferences was not reported.
The classes included housing stabilization, financial growth, public well being, meals insecurity, protected neighborhoods, small-business reduction, the digital divide, infrastructure, public security, a COVID-19 emergency fund and program administration.