Yes, ARPA can pay for that

Allen County commissioners learned the final guidelines from federal officials on coronavirus relief funds will allow them more flexibility to use the money however they want. They'll now prioritize county projects when spending the $2.4 million.

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January 26, 2022 - 10:13 AM

Lisse Regehr, CEO of Thrive Allen County, speaks to Allen County Commissioners, from left, Bruce Symes, David Lee and Jerry Daniels at Tuesday’s meeting. Regehr gave an update on the American Rescue Plan Act. Citizen Paul Zirjacks observes in back. Photo by Vickie Moss / Iola Register

“Can ARPA pay for that?” has become a common refrain as county leaders debate how to best use $2.4 million federal COVID-19 relief funds.

On Tuesday, Allen County Commissioners got the answer: in most cases, yes. They can use ARPA for just about anything.

But with requests for the money more than double what the county has, commissioners now want to prioritize county projects over others.

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