Local Communities Receive COVID-19 Funding
The American Rescue Plan Act was recently approved by Congress, and as a result $677 million is expected to be distributed throughout West Virginia.
It is projected that Wetzel County will get $2,920,000, while Tyler County will receive $1,670,000. Guidelines are still being drawn up by the U.S Treasury Department regarding the way the money will be distributed and how it may be used.
According to figures released by the Federal Government last week, local cities can anticipate help coming to the area in the near future. U.S. Senator Joe Manchin’s office said the funding can be used to cover expenses and lost revenue related to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as necessary investments in water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure.
Of the funds projected for Wetzel County, New Martinsville is expected to receive $2,130,000, while Paden City will see funding of $970,000, and Pine Grove $200,000.
Hundred is set to receive $ 110,000, and Smithfield has been allocated $60,000. The $1,670,000 earmarked for Tyler County shows Middlebourne receiving $310,000 and Sistersville getting over a half million at $530,000.
It is expected that each local government will receive half their dollar amount within 60 days, and then they will have to demonstrate a need for the rest of it.