Lexington hosts public forum on how ARPA funds should be spent
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The City of Lexington is hosting meetings for people to weigh in on how a $120 million dollar American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant should be spent.
Wednesday, twenty-five people attended a meeting at the Beaumont Centre YMCA to share their opinions on how the ARPA funds should be utilized. Attendees could submit their ideas through an online survey, or talk directly to Mayor Linda Gorton, who presided over the meeting.
Project submissions could be as broad as a simple idea or as detailed as a complete proposal.
Allowable projects had to adhere to the federal guidelines for use provided by ARPA, which include community health and wellness, economic recovery and growth, harm prevention and public safety, and equity-focused services and partnerships.
According to the Mayor’s office, 1900 survey ideas had been submitted before the meeting.
“As we’ve seen here tonight, people have wonderful ideas and they cover a wide range of interests. It is just very important to me personally to be transparent about the process and to hear from the people who live here,” said Mayor Linda Gorton.
The ideas submitted through the meetings will be vetted through a team at the Mayor’s office to ensure the projects chosen fit the federal guidelines. These projects will then be taken to the City Council.
The online survey will be open until August 27th. The next meeting is set for August 13th via Zoom at 11:30 AM.