Ector County commissioners focus on American Rescue Plan Act cash

ODESSA, Texas (KOSA) – As the coronavirus continues to spread, Ector County’s commissioners are making decisions on how federal funds will be distributed.

Tuesday morning commissioners heard from eight different groups requesting part of the American rescue plan – and it wasn’t just hospitals.

Groups like the Odessa Volunteer Fire Brigade and the ISD of Ector County together with ORMC and MCH.

The medical center is calling for $ 7 million for medical equipment and hospital staff.

And over in the county, some are calling for the funds to be used for infrastructure like roads and water.

Commissioners say they are looking at the best way to prioritize federal funding with community needs.

District Two Commissioner Greg Simmons said the court will start compiling a list but the decision will be difficult.

“We want to prioritize and make sure that most of the people are positively impacted with the money,” said Simmons. Again, healthcare is an important part of our community and we want to make sure that the hospitals have the necessary resources but also have different sources available so we cannot focus on that because it is other areas like water in different ones Districts that have got into a crisis mode. “

Commissioner Simmons said there was no real timetable in about 90 days – the court could start considering how the money should be spent.

Commissioners say Ector County has a year to explain where the funds will go.

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