Metropolis of Bentonville meets to debate American Rescue Plan cash allocation

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (KNWA / KFTA) – The city of Bentonville meets to discuss how to spend the American bailout money.

By September 7, Bentonville will have received half of its planned $ 6.9 million.

Some of the proposed projects are direct responses to the pandemic, such as increasing reserves of personal protective equipment, and others would use the funds for infrastructure projects such as upgrading the city’s water and electricity meters or protecting the city from ransomware attacks.

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“It’s actually a requirement within the process, so we want to make sure we’re getting it right,” said Bentonville Mayor Stephanie Orman. “For us, our community is a community that has a can-do attitude and in order to have that, to work together, it is important to be able to listen to the public.”

The city has not held any votes but has had a better idea of ​​what to do when the time comes to vote on the allocation of that money.