Maine Communities Making Plans to Spend Latest Pandemic Aid | Maine News

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine municipalities and counties plan to spend American Rescue Plan Act funding on every little thing from bonuses for front-line staff to infrastructure initiatives.

Allowed bills embody public well being measures, hazard pay for private and non-private front-line staff, enterprise grants, inexpensive housing, youngster care and different prices ensuing from income losses or price range shortfalls, the Portland Press Herald reported.

Maine’s 16 counties are receiving $261 million and the state’s six largest cities are getting $121.6 million straight from the U.S. Treasury. The Mills administration acquired a 30-day extension to disburse one other $119 million to 479 smaller communities.

“It is our goal to distribute these funds quickly and we expect Maine communities to have them in hand in short order,” mentioned Kelsey Goldsmith, division spokesperson.

Municipalities and counties have a while to work out how to use the cash, nevertheless it should be dedicated by the tip of 2024 and spent by the tip of 2026.

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