The city of Montrose will receive $4.9 million from the federal government as part of the American Rescue Plan Act signed by Joe Biden. Montrose has until Dec. 23, 2024 to find a use for the funds and until Dec. 31, 2026 to spend it.
They can’t be spent on just anything, however. The funds can be used to respond to COVID-19 impacts, to provide premium pay to essential workers, to invest in water, sewer or broadband infrastructure, and to recoup revenue losses due to the pandemic.
In a special work session Monday, city council members had some early ideas for how to spend it. These included housing and child care programs, water and sewer projects at local mobile home parks and backfilling revenue for the Montrose Recreation District.
Read Josue Perez’s report to learn why each of these proposals are under consideration and when the city council will revisit this topic.
Deciding on how to spend the ARPA funds will likely take some time. Do you all have any ideas on how to spend it? Do you agree with any of the city council proposals?