Johnston County Commissioners are expected to decide very soon on how to spend $40.6 million in funds earmarked for Johnston County through the federal American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. The County received $20.3 million in June 2021. They will received the second half in the summer of 2022.
On August 2nd, County Manager Rick Hester ask Commissioners to consider designating $35 million of the amount towards county infrastructure needs, specifically water, wastewater and broadband projects.
Hester said some projects in those areas may require some of the federal funds in the near future.
County Commissioner Ted Godwin recommended the board take the recommendation under advisement. Fellow commissioners agreed and no action was taken at the August meeting.
The American Rescue Plan Act cost $1.9 trillion and has provided emergency grants, loans and investments to pay for the pandemic response. $350 billion of the amount was set aside for state and local governments to replace lost tax revenue.