Palm Beach County & City Leaders Discuss Ways To Spend ARP Funding

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Counties and cities across the state are getting funding from the American Rescue Plan, passed by Congress in March.

Palm Beach County is receiving $290 million, with half coming now and half next year.

"We are looking to leverage these dollars as much as possible with other funding sources so that we can make sure that we're covering the needs of our community."

County Administrator Verdenia Baker says she's collaborating with the Health Department and Health Care District to come up with the best ways to use the money and hopes to have a plan together to present to the county commission next month.

During a recent roundtable hosted by Congresswoman Lois Frankel, Baker had this warning for local city leaders.

"You should be cautious. All of us should be cautious on how we spend our money to make sure we're well within the guidelines and that we're as conservative as possible."

The concern is spending the money on things that were not approved and having to pay it back.

Frankel is hoping COVID vaccine outreach is high on list of priorities. Baker said that's definitely part of the plan that is still in the works.

Several Palm Beach County municipalities are receiving funding from the ARP, including $13.2 million for Delray Beach, $16.1 million for Lake Worth Beach and $25 million for West Palm Beach.

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