Municipalities Hit Spending Struggles With Federal COVID Relief Dollars

July 11, 2023 MIRS

Federal funds intended to stabilize the budgets of local communities have proven a daunting task to take down for multiple reasons, a recent policy survey by the University of Michigan found. Cities, villages and townships trying to spend the $4.4 billion of COVID-19 relief funding from the 2021 American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) have hit snags along the way, including inflation, supply chain issues, bureaucracy and the amount, a University of Michigan Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP) survey found