Commissioners hear plans for Rescue Plan dollars

St. Joseph County officials took a step closer Tuesday toward finding appropriate allocations for an $11.8 million windfall.

During their executive committee meeting Tuesday, county commissioners heard an update regarding the money awarded as part of the American Rescue Plan Act.

Led by Tim Dempsey, of Lansing-based Public Sector Consultants, Tuesday’s update centered on some likely destination for the federal dollars.

Dempsey said he outlined conclusions made by members of a county steering committee, whose members have met regularly and identified areas in which the funds would be most helpful.

He said four categories identified are: budget stabilization, $4 million; capital improvements, $2 million; courts building renovation, $4 million; and external funding, $1 million. Dempsey suggested the remaining $800,000 be kept in hand as a contingency fund.

Commissioners agreed the allocations and their respective amounts were appropriate and will greatly benefit the county.

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