2021 in Review: Local Governments Receive American Rescue Plan Act Funds

Daniel Prince

Jail expansion, utility credits, water and sewer expenses among projects funded

We conclude our look back at some of the top news stories of 2021 today. Local governments began to receive their first funds from the American Rescue Plan Act toward the end of the year. Union County will receive $5.3 million in all. The Union County Council voted to begin engineering work toward the possible expansion of the Union County Detention Center with a small part of the money. They also voted to fund some equipment needs of Union County EMS. They also authorized an essential workers payment to the county’s employees.

The City of Union will receive $3.8 million. City Council authorized two $50 utility credits for City utility customers. The credits will show up on the January and February bills. They also authorized an essential workers payment to city employees. They will attempt to recoup money spent on various water and sewer projects during the allowable time, as well.

The Town of Carlisle will receive around $205,000. They will use it on improvements to the town’s water system and to reimburse the county for expenses it incurred while helping the town with its wastewater project.

The Town of Jonesville will receive a little more than $417,000, and the Town of Lockhart will receive $227,500.

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