Crawford County government issued $12 million from American Rescue Plan

Crawford County Judge Dennis Gilstrap speaks on the 911 consolidation process in July. The Crawford County government will decide how to use over $12 million in funds the county is receiving through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

Crawford County officials will meet Thursday, Aug. 12 to begin the process of deciding how to use over $12 million in funds the county is receiving through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

The measure, among other things, allocates $60 billion to counties for capital improvements as well as COVID-19 mitigation. In May, Crawford County received about $6.1 million from the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the county will receive another payment in May 2022 that will bring the total to $12,286,306.

“There are three areas we have to look at (as options for using the funds) as far as capital improvements go,” said Crawford County Judge Dennis Gilstrap. “They’ve mentioned water systems, broadband, and sewer systems. Those are givens. But also, as you go through the other guidance factors, it opens up to items like our health unit or any congregate setting like our sheriff’s office.”