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Second American Rescue Plan work session slated for end of month

The city administration and City Council will hold a second work session on the American Rescue Plan funding at 7 p.m. Sept. 30.

The meeting will be held at the Trade and Transit Centre II third floor in the Michael Ross meeting room, 100 W. Third St.

The city received $25.4 million, half of which it received in May, and the other half expected next spring, Mayor Derek Slaughter said.

The money is specifically to be used for relief associated with losses from COVID-19, he said.

The rescue funds cannot be used to lower debt or reduce pension costs, the U.S. Treasury Department rules state.

The city website at, www.cityofwilliamsport.org, has a survey on it where people can submit their ideas on where the funds should be spent.

City Council and the administration are gathering input and data before putting together the list of priority expenditures.

Slaughter said the city officials can take their time and be prudent on how to spend the money because the city has until 2024 to allocate the funds and 2026 to spend it.

In the meantime, the city will plan to hold periodic work sessions, collecting the survey responses and tabulating the information before committing to the expenditures.

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