The place’s Tampa Bay’s COVID aid cash being spent?

It has been almost four months since the American bailout plan was passed. Eight cities in the Tampa Bay area will receive direct funding.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – In March, President Joe Biden signed a bill worth $ 1.9 trillion COVID relief plan.

Part of that plan includes that Child tax deduction This means that 39 million families will be entitled to monthly child payments as of July 15.

The help package called American rescue plan Billions of dollars pumped into the state of Florida.

When the plan was passed, 10 Tampa Bay received the state and local allotment estimate spreadsheet developed by the House Oversight & Reform Committee.

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State of Florida: The Sunshine State should get $ 17.6 billion. Of this, $ 10 billion will remain in Tallahassee and will be distributed according to state lawmakers’ decisions. The remaining $ 7 billion will be split between the state’s county and city governments.

Of that $ 10 billion goes to the county governments, here is the estimated breakdown in Tampa Bay:

Hillsborough: $ 285.48 million

Pinella: $ 189.09 million

Sarasota: $ 84.12 million

A Hillsborough County spokesman confirmed they received half of their reported stake of $ 142,956,264 from the U.S. Treasury Department on May 19.

The county expects to receive the remainder of the money from the American Rescue Plan (ARP) in May 2022.

Michelle Van Dyke, a Hillsborough spokeswoman, said via email: “Our executive team is developing an ARP investment plan that sets out the intended and allowable allocations in accordance with the Guiding Principles released by the BOCC on the 7th we will present our ARP investment plan to BOCC at the end of August. “

A Pinellas County spokesman said it was still working on investment plans and declined to provide details at the time.

Eight cities The Tampa Bay area will also receive direct funding from the stimulus package. Here is the breakdown:

St. Petersburg: $ 46.66 million

Lakeland: $ 24.38 million

Clear water: $ 20.87 million

Sarasota: $ 10.92 million

Bradenton: $ 10.90 million

Pinellas Park: $ 9.98 million

Now, nearly four months after the bill was passed, 10 Tampa Bay is asking questions about how money is being spent in our area.

A spokesman for the city of St. Petersburg confirmed that the leaders received about half of their share, about $ 22.5 million. You will receive the second half in 2022.

Mayor Rick Kriseman said the money is in the bank until they give the public time to express opinions on where that money should be spent.

“We’re really interested in getting a taste of the community, you know, is resilience and sustainability the most important thing? Is health equity the most important thing? Is transportation the most important thing,” said Kriseman.

Kriseman and the city council have developed a series of community feedback workshops to help prioritize which areas of impact will receive funding.

Community members can contribute to the following eight eligible areas of impact:

  1. Infrastructure
  2. Affordability of housing
  3. health equality
  4. economic development
  5. leisure offers
  6. public safety
  7. transport
  8. Resilience & sustainability

The three public workshops include presentations that outline the state of play for each area of ​​impact, followed by breakout sessions where community members can provide feedback.

Dates / locations for workshops are:

– Monday, July 26th, 6-8pm – Enoch Davis Center (1111 18th Ave. S.)

Tuesday, July 27th, 6-8pm – JW Cate Rec Center (5801 22nd Ave. N.)

– Wednesday, July 28th, 6-8pm – Willis S. Johns Rec Center (6635 Dr. MLK Jr. St. N.)

Another great aspect of the American rescue plan is about supporting American schools. The package labeled $ 130 billion for K12 education. Tampa Bay school districts should receive:

Hillsborough: $ 500 million

So far, spokesmen for the Pinellas and Polk districts have said they have not yet received funding.

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