Pitt County seeks public input on spending millions in COVID-19 relief funding

Nov 9, 2021

The Pitt County board of commissioners is seeking public input on how to spend American Rescue Plan Act funds. PRE’s Meredith Radford reports that the first input sessions will take place Wednesday. 

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The county will receive a total of $35 million dollars in ARPA funding to assist with COVID-19 pandemic recovery.  The first half was received this May, and the second half will arrive in May 2022. Pitt County’s website says that the funding can be used to address COVID-19 public health, economic impact, lost revenue, premium pay, and infrastructure investments.  

In October, the board voted to pause spending of COVID-19 relief funds to get input from the public. The funds have until the end of 2026 to be spent.    

Pitt County will hold several input sessions along with three public addresses to board members. The first meeting will take place virtually on Nov. 10. Public input will be presented to the board for review by Jan. 31.  

 In person sessions will be held on Nov. 10, Nov. 17, Nov. 29, Dec. 1 and Dec 7 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  

Virtual sessions will be held on Nov. 10, Nov. 17, Nov. 22, Dec. 1 and Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. 

Public comment during board of commissioners’ meetings will be on Nov. 15, Dec. 6 and Dec. 20 during the public address period. The meetings begin at 6 p.m. 

To find more information on the public input sessions, visit the Pitt County website

For Public Radio East, I’m Meredith Radford