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Will County seeks resident input on how to spend $133 million in relief funds

The Will County Board is asking residents for their input on how it will spend about $133 million in federal pandemic relief it received through the American Rescue Plan.

A link to the online survey was posted on the board’s Facebook page. The survey is available via SurveyMonkey.com.

“This is just to get some input from our residents and be transparent about what we’re doing in our plans and so we want to get as much participation as possible on this,” said County Board Speaker Mimi Cowan, D-Naperville, during a committee meeting on Thursday.

The survey asks residents which areas they think the county should spend the money on including: arts and culture, business assistance, childcare, climate change mitigation, digital equity, food security, health care, housing assistance, infrastructure, nonprofit organization assistance, and tourism promotion.

Will County had already received about $120 million last year through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

The money was divided to be spent on reimbursing pandemic-related expenses incurred by the county and other local units of government, providing grants to small businesses, and providing aid to local nonprofit organizations.

For this round of federal money, the county won’t have to provide as much money for local governments since they will receive their own shares of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan. The city of Joliet will get about $22 million, which officials there have been discussing.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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