City of Cleveland: ‘How Would YOU Spend $511 million on the City?’

(Cleveland, OH) Using $511 million from the American Rescue Plan, Officials within the City of Cleveland are asking how to spend the funds.

The city of Cleveland needs to spend $511 million before the end of 2024. The City needs to spend the $511 million before the end of 2024.

The money, coming from the America Rescue Plan Act, will be invested in the economy as the city recovers from the pandemic.

Cleveland wants to know: how would you spend it?

This $511 million must be spent by December 31, 2024 and can be used, broadly, for certain types of programs or services, including:

  • Supporting Public Health Response– This includes things like funding COVID-19 mitigation efforts, medical expenses, behavioral healthcare, and certain public health and safety staff.
  • Replacing Public Sector Revenue Loss– Due to COVID-19, the City of Cleveland lost tax revenue which supports vital City services. These funds can be used to offset those losses and support direct services to people.
  • Address Negative Economic Impacts– During the COVID-19 pandemic, many people and businesses were hurt economically. These funds can help workers, families, small businesses, non-profits, and industries impacted by COVID-19.
  • Water, Sewer, or Broadband Infrastructure– This includes things like investing to improve access to clean drinking water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure, and to provide unserved or underserved locations with new or expanded broadband access.

That’s why the city launched a citizen input tool this week.

Access the input tool here.

You can also submit an idea online by clicking here.

You can also head to City Hall, your local neighborhood recreation center or the Public Utilities Building and use the drop box.

Residents who receive a water bill will be getting a questionnaire in the mail.

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