Beaufort secures $ 6.54 million in US bailout money

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How should the city of Beaufort spend $ 6.5 million in US bailout COVID-19 relief funds?

The city announced Tuesday that residents have until Dec.31 to submit their ideas. They can comment through the Civil Space digital engagement platform, which the city often uses to collect feedback.

The city already has its own ideas.

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Caitlyn Creamer, Senior Elementary Assistant Guide at Lowcountry Montessori School, closes her eyes on Thursday, March 11, 2021 as Dee Ann Sanders, an emergency room nurse administers the first Creamer injection of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in Battery Creek High School gymnasium earlier this year. The city of Beaufort is asking residents for advice on how best to spend $ 6.54 million in US bailout money. Drew martin [email protected]

In October, City Manager Bill Prokop unveiled a plan to spend the money on 17 projects, but it’s preliminary.

The highest amount, $ 4 million, or 61.5%, would go to infrastructure projects to improve stormwater, water and sewers. The second largest amount, $ 1 million, or 15%, would go to “pandemic impact grants,” including grants for affordable housing. The city offers assistance with housing, utilities, childcare, education and food related to the impacts of the pandemic. Money is also set aside for police and fire equipment.

Residents can complete a Civil Space fundraising survey that takes 5 minutes.

The city has received half of the $ 6.54 million and expects to receive the balance by next October.

The US bailout, which was enacted last March, provided funding for local governments to help offset lost revenue during the pandemic. Generally speaking, funds can be used to underpin future public health responses; support recovery efforts in the community, including affordable housing; and invest in certain infrastructure needs.

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Karl Puckett covers the City of Beaufort, the Town of Port Royal and other communities north of the Broad River for The Beaufort Gazette and Island Packet. The Minnesota native also worked for newspapers in his home state of Alaska, Wisconsin and Montana.
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