The Smithfield Town Council voted to accept $3.8 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act funds. Smithfield will receive half of the funds in July 2021 and the second in July 2022.
Council approval was required to accept the federal funding. The funds must be used to respond to the COVID public health emergency or its negative economic impacts, including assistance to households, small businesses and non-profits, or aid to impacted industries including tourism, travel and hospitality.
Funds can also be used to pay workers performing essential duties during the COVID pandemic. Money can also be earmarked for water, sewer or broadband infrastructure.
Town Manager Mike Scott said a decision on the allocation of the American Rescue Plan funds will be made at a later time by the town council.
The money must be allocated by December 2024 and spent by December 2026.