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By Troy Treasure
Shelby County will receive more than $1.1 million from the American Rescue Plan Act signed by President Biden on March 11.
A source told the Herald last week the funds will arrive via the Mark Twain Regional Council of Governments.
“The Mark Twain Regional Council of Governments is in the very early stages of the project and not in a position to provide details at this time,” MTRCG Executive Director Cindy Hultz wrote in an email to the Herald.
Bethel is allocated $20,629.02; Clarence $138,140.74; Hunnewell $31,864.46; Shelbina $292,674.19 and Shelbyville $94,488.27.
Of the eight counties listed on the Missouri Budget Project’s website, Shelby County’s total allotment ranks eighth.
Marion County will receive $5.53 million followed by Audrain at $4.92 million.
Randolph County is third with $4.799 million with Pike at $3.549 million; Macon County $2.93 million; Ralls $1.999 million; Monroe $1.67 million.
Shelby County’s total amount is $1.150,087 million.
According to the Missouri Budget Project, states must submit to the Dept. of Treasury indicating they will spend the money for allowable purposes. Following certification, the Dept. of Treasury will have 60 days to send the state its allocation.
Aid funds will be distributed to county and municipal governments in two installments. Fifty percent of the funds will be distributed initially, within 60 days of the legislation going into effect. The remaining 50 percent will be issued 12 months afterward.
In a related development, the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced Thursday, March 25 that 28 Missouri community health centers will receive more than $124 million from the American Rescue Plan.
Funding will be awarded beginning in April by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
According to a HHS press release, among the objectives is further support of COVID-19 vaccinations and services for vulnerable populations.
An additional aim is the expansion of health centers’ operational capacity during the pandemic and beyond, including modifying and improving physical infrastructure and adding mobile units.