The City of Niles announced March 24th that it would be receiving funds through the American Rescue Plan Act. We have been awaiting further instruction on allocation of those funds, and those criteria are finally here. According to the list released today, it is estimated that the City of Niles is to receive $7,031,749.00 to help facilitate the growth and continued excellence of Niles as a whole.
As these guidelines have just been released, the City of Niles is still deciding how to best implement these funds. However, we have plenty of time. The estimated amount we are to receive does not need to be allocated until 2024. The Michigan Municipal League is also offering members advice on the most equitable way to utilize this money. The City of Niles would like to take their time and make sure their decisions utilize these funds in the best possible way. Some examples provided for allocation of American Rescue Plan funds include:
- to respond to the public health emergency or its negative economic impacts, including assistance to households, small businesses, and nonprofits, or to aid impacted industries such as tourism, travel, and hospitality;
- to respond to workers performing essential work during the COVID-19 public health emergency by providing premium pay to eligible workers
- for the provision of government services to the extent of the reduction in revenue due to the COVID-19 public health emergency relative to revenues collected in the most recent full fiscal year prior to the emergency; and
- to make necessary investments in water, sewer, or broadband infrastructure.
Niles residents are no strangers to adversity. The City of Niles has survived blizzards, floods, and now a pandemic. While the pandemic may be global, we here in Niles have personally felt the effects for over a year. Niles is a place for all, and our citizens made that sentiment their rallying cry. We come together, we survive and now, with these funds, Niles can thrive. Navigating the COVID-19 pandemic has been tough, but Niles residents are tougher. The City of Niles is doing everything it can to ensure that these funds are allocated in a way that benefits all now and for decades to come.
For a complete list of guidelines for allocation of funds, click here.