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McDonough county officials look to use $5.7 million in stimulus money

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MACOMB, Ill. (WGEM) -- McDonough County officials are figuring out how they're going to spend the $5.7-million of American Rescue Plan Act funds they're set to receive.

Board Chair L. Scott Schwerer said they're hitting road blocks because of the rules tied to the funding.

"We're struggling with what is actually going to be approved or what would not be approved," Schwerer said. "Those will be changing. One of the reason we're waiting to decide on how we're going to use this money is because they're were still taking comments through July 16th."

Schwerer said they want to use the money to support public health, water, sewer and broadband infrastructure, but haven't finalized anything yet.

"We've just been devastated by it in all aspects of life and this is just a small portion of help to get us back to where we once were," Schwerer said.

According to the US Department of the Treasury was passed by congress in March to help speed up recovery from economic and heath effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Schewer said they've received a little over $2.8-million so far and this time next year they will receive the rest.

He said the American Rescue Plan requires them to start projects by 2024 and have them completed by 2026.

Charity Bell

Multimedia Journalist at WGEM

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