Boyce Council to Hold Public Hearing on ARPA Funds |
BOY – This is your chance to advise Boyce City Council on a money matter.
At 7 p.m. on Oct. 5, the board will consider amending the current fiscal year budget to include the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds received. A public hearing will be held to get residents’ feedback on how the money should be spent.
The hearing will be held in the Boyce Volunteer Fire Company Social Hall on Greenway Avenue as part of the regular monthly council meeting.
ARPA funds are intended to compensate communities for the hardships they have suffered as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic fallout.
Boyce will receive $ 108,832.50 in the current fiscal year, plus an equal amount in the next, for a total of $ 217,665, according to chief executive David Winsatt.
Local officials were told earlier this year to expect an ARPA allowance of $ 569,834 for Boyce. They were then informed by the federal government, as the Winchester Star reported in July, that the city would only receive $ 97,665. The reduction was due to the cap on allocations to small communities. They could receive amounts not exceeding 75% of their operating budgets for fiscal 2020, which ended on June 30.
Winsatt said officials have since learned that Boyce’s stimulus funds will increase following the development of a capital improvement plan.
The current year’s allocation should be used for expenses directly related to COVID-19 and / or stormwater improvements, Winsatt said. Next year’s allocation can be used for other types of infrastructure improvements, he said.
As for specific uses, “everything is up for discussion,” he says Winsatt.
It is important that residents participate in the discussion, he said, because “different people see things in different ways”.
The city may have needs that authorities are not yet realizing, but residents have noticed, he added.
In other board business:
Bids are being solicited from contractors for snow removal from the streets next winter. Winsatt said the previous contractor was no longer interested in providing the service.
Overdue tax notices must be mailed to residents by the end of September.
The city’s next newsletter was emailed to residents earlier this week. Residents whose email addresses are not available in the city will receive a copy by mail around September 14, Winsatt said.