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Williamsport City Council to hold joint meeting on $25.8M stimulus package

Mayor Derek Slaughter says the administration and City Council will have a joint public working session to discuss use of the $25.8 million of American Rescue Plan funds at some point after July 4.

“It will probably be mid-July,” Slaughter said of the planned working session on an estimated use of the funding, a part of a $1.9 trillion package signed in March by President Joe Biden to assist communities in bouncing back from the effects of COVID-19.

The money, which will be sent in two installments and must be spent by the end of 2024 on projects that include reimbursement and expenses related to the coronavirus pandemic.

The project can also include grants to assist small businesses, nonprofits and industries impacted by the pandemic.

The funds also can be used for water, sewer and broadband projects. The water may include flood mitigation and prevention such as that on the levee and Grafius Run.

The money cannot be spent to lower taxes or paid into municipal pension funds.

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