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City leaders to discuss use of American Rescue Plan Act funds

The City of Madera is scheduled to receive approximately $23 million dollars from the federal legislation known as the American Rescue Plan Act.

The Madera City Council will meet July 21 to discuss and seek public input on potential uses of those funds. While the rules associated with the process of spending and reporting these federal grant funds are evolving, the city may use the money for the following purposes:

• Support public health response.

• Address negative economic impacts.

• Payroll expenses for public health and public safety employees.

• Replace public sector revenue loss.

• Invest in water, sewer and broadband infrastructure.

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 is a $1.9 trillion economic stimulus bill signed into law March 11, that included $65 billion for local governments nationwide.

The city has identified potential projects that include major sewer line repairs and upgrades to water infrastructure in order to meet the demands for safe and adequate water and sewer services. Other items to be considered may include projects or needs that address an economic harm resulting from or exacerbated by the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Public input and attendance is encouraged. The City Council meeting is scheduled for July 21 at 6 p.m. This meeting will be conducted pursuant to the provisions of the Governor’s Executive Order, which suspend certain requirements of the Ralph M. Brown Act.

The City Council meeting will be live streamed on the City’s website at Members of the public may participate in the meeting remotely through an electronic meeting via phone by dialing (669) 900-6833 enter ID: 968 0247 3470 # followed by *9 on your phone to speak. Comments will also be accepted via email at or by regular mail at 205 W. 4th Street, Madera, CA 93637.

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