Cape Cod towns await needed money from federal aid

Cape officials are awaiting more specifics about how much they can expect from the $1.9 trillion stimulus bill signed into law last week by President Joe Biden, but officials already are thinking ahead to how the funding might be spent.

The plan will include $25.5 million for towns on the Cape, and another $43.1 million for Barnstable County. Funding is earmarked in the federal relief package for schools, housing, unemployment and health care, among other areas.

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The historic package is the largest infusion of funding yet addressing the COVID-19 pandemic crisis and the resulting economic effects of it, according to U.S. Rep. William Keating, D-Mass..  

And “with all of this unfolding, there is so much not defined yet,” Keating said last week.

U.S. Rep. William Keating

What will Cape Cod towns do with the money?

The Cape’s smaller towns, such as Truro, Wellfleet, Chatham and Provincetown, will be receiving between $200,000 to $600,000 each, Keating said. Larger towns such as Barnstable, Yarmouth and Falmouth will receive$3 million to $7 million each in federal funding through the package, he said.

Sandwich

“It is great that the town is going to get some funding directly from the federal government,” Sandwich Town Administrator George “Bud” Dunham said. “We don’t know what we would use that for yet.”