VINCENNES, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV)– Starting next month, Knox county residents can submit proposals for projects around the county they believe should receive funding from the American Rescue Plan Act.
The county has about $3 million remaining in funds from last year, and Vice President of the county commissioners, T.J. Brink, said he hopes they can find new projects through these proposals.
“There’s a lot of things that the county is looking at doing with those dollars, we also really want to hear from our constituents, our folks out here in Knox county as to what they want to see as well,” Brink said.
Money can’t go towards any project in the county. Brink said residents need to make sure their proposals fall under ARPA guidelines.
“Some of those guidelines, we can utilize for water infrastructure, we can utilize for a lot of things that the tax base that we did not receive in those years during COVID,” he said. “I would encourage everyone, if you think you have a great proposal, go to the website, read the things you can and can’t spend the money, and if you still feel that we can do that make a proposal.”
Proposals can be submitted to the county auditor at least five days in advance, before citizens can pitch the projects at county commissioners meeting in August and September. He said at this point, the county commissioners will work with the county council to decide what projects they can invest in.
“We start weighing those options, weighing those proposals if you will, and then we can start making some truly good, sound decisions moving forward,” Brink said.
Darwin Lindsey is one resident who has requested ARPA funding over the past year, asking for $500,000 to help combat erosion at Kelso Creek.
He said he hopes the county commissioners can use the input to find quality projects throughout the county.
“I’m just hoping that the dollars can be used and that they’re maximized to their fullest extent to be able to complete projects, and try to make sure that every dollar going in that is maximized is for the greatest public good and that’s really what these dollars are for,” Lindsey said.
The first meeting where the public can begin pitching their proposals is August 2nd.