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A New Step in Brookfield’s $5.26 Million Covid Relief Allocation Is Taken

After an ad hoc committee recommended different priorities, including small business incentives, for the town’s use of $5.26 million in federal pandemic relief money, the boards of selectmen and finance must now decide.

The town of Brookfield is making progress on relief fund allocations, but it is still working out the kinks, such as when and how citizens will be asked to vote on the final decision.

Over several weeks, an ad-hoc committee made their recommendations to the Board of Selectmen regarding:-

How ARPA funds should be spent during a hearing on Feb. 7 in Brookfield, Connecticut.

The top 12 objectives of the committee are estimated to cost $2.37 million, with a total list of 23 things costing $5.3 million. Firefighters, small business grants, mental health/case management and a resident grant programme for things like mortgage and rent relief are all on the list of priorities.

“Very comprehensive,” said First Selectman Tara Carr, who lauded the group’s “due diligence and hard work” on the recommendations it presented.

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The work they accomplished was “phenomenal,” in her words. It was a daunting endeavour, but they had a strong team behind them. Selectmen should take into consideration the 12 most strongly recommended uses of monies, says committee chair Colette Sturm.

There were 12 recommendations that “jumped out” at Carr during her review of the presentation but she would not comment on the specifics of each line item. The final say on how the $5.26 million is spent rests with the Board of Selectmen and the Board of Finance, whose priorities may differ from those of the committee.