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JAMESTOWN, NY (WNY News Now) – Jamestown Lawmakers are weary about allocating their remaining American Rescue Plan Act funding, as the 28 million dollar allotment begins to dwindle.
For months, multiple programs were brought forward by the Department of Development and now have been pushed to the side, in fear of using up the city’s remaining funds.
With only a few million dollars left, Finance Committee Chair Kim Eckland is expressing caution.
She feels that it’s too risky to spend money on programs when there are other promises the city has made that will use ARPA dollars, like the new splash pads planned for next year.
Council President Tony Dolce Brought up the idea to still fund the programs, but at a reduced amount.
“What is left after tonight’s voting session, and what is out there, and what the amount is, and what’s proposed,“ explained Eckland. “Because maybe all those programs will go through Crystal (Surdyk), but maybe at a reduced amount. I’d rather do a reduced amount than fail, if that’s what the consensus wants. I would rather have that discussion in all fairness and get it done.”
City Council will reconvene to discuss the possible changes at their November 7, work session.
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