Henry County to discuss $ 9.4 million in ARPA funding | Politics and Elections
The third pillar was housing assistance. Parsons removed a related item – utility credit approval – from Thursday’s agenda, saying $ 2.7 million in ARPA funding or up to $ 100 per residential meter would not be considered ” At least not for the moment “.
“This is something that the Committee of the Whole can tackle,” she said.
Board member Dwayne Anderson said several people asked him about the $ 750,000 for the Emergency Management Office move, and when he replied that the county would have something to show, they were satisfied. He recalled the late Bobby Schilling saying as a congressman that the federal government had nothing to show for major spending.
“Unless we correct that in our county, we are just moving in the same direction,” he said.
Board member Mark Burton said he had “wrestled, wrestled and wrestled” with himself for the funds.
“We don’t (often) get the budget for a whole year,” he said. “It’s difficult. We shouldn’t blame ourselves for making missteps – it’s going to be difficult and requires a lot of conversation.”
No date has been set for the special board meeting.
Behavioral health expenditure request
A special appeal for ARPA funding was made by Department of Health Director Duane Stevens, who asked the board to consider approving $ 459,000 for a two-year program expanding departmental behavioral health services. Currently there are two providers and office staff in Behavioral Health.