How ARPA funds are being spent in Kent County

CHESTERTOWN — Following the economic challenges brought on by the COVID pandemic, Congress passed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, steering infrastructure and economic recovery funds to every incorporated jurisdiction in the country.

Kent County jurisdictions received $10,938,757 in ARPA funds, according to a news release from the Democratic Club of Kent County.

The news release states: “The Democratic Club of Kent County extends an invitation to all members of the community to attend our next online meeting, to learn about the impact of these funds in our daily lives. We’ll be joined by County Commission President Ronald Fithian, and by a representative (invited) from each of the five towns in Kent County to speak on the ways that they have applied these funds, at our Club meeting on the evening of March 21.”

The meeting will open with a social time at 6:30 p.m., followed by a brief business meeting.

The program will begin at 7 p.m.; included will be an opportunity for questions and discussion with each speaker.

Club members will receive the Zoom link prior to the meeting; all others should contact the club at info@dckcmd.com for an invitation to attend.

According to the news release, Maryland’s share of ARPA funds was well over $3.7 billion, “and a significant portion of those funds were allocated for specific purposes to local agencies, departments and school systems, beyond what went directly to local incorporated jurisdictions.”

The March 21 meeting will detail the ways that Kent County and its towns improved water systems, wastewater management, utilities infrastructure, town and community buildings, police and fire equipment — and more.

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