Helena commission advances community ARPA requests

Nolan Lister

After whittling down its internal American Rescue Plan Act funding allocation to about $5.7 million, the Helena City Commission has begun discussing how to divvy up the remaining about $2.8 million across more than 40 local organizations and entities who expressed a need for the financial support.

The city received $8,486,620 in total ARPA distributions from the U.S. Treasury, which it claimed as revenue loss and spent on government services of fire and police, creating the unprecedented amount in general fund savings.

It has since allocated $1.8 million to a Ten Mile Water Treatment Plant project and $1.824 million on projects recommended by Interim City Manager Tim Burton, including an HVAC system for the Helena Civic Center, a Law and Justice Center second floor remodel and a Mount Helena radio building replacement.

The commission has also set aside $1.6 million in contingency.

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