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Municipal governments to receive windfall from feds

Over $5 million in Kewaunee County and $8 million in Door County is on the way to municipalities from the federal government as a part of the American Rescue Plan.  As a part of the $1.9 trillion legislation, municipalities can use the money to make up for lost revenue for government services. County governments receive the bulk of the money, though dollars are also available for cities, towns, and villages. Guidelines have not been sent to municipalities yet according to Kewaunee County Administrator Scott Feldt, who says the federal government has at least 60 days to provide them along with its first payment. At that time, Feldt hopes its local municipalities can sit down together to figure out the best ways to fit their needs collectively.

Feldt expects most of the money will need to be applied to COVID-19 related expenses, but suggests it could be used for some infrastructure improvements like broadband. Some municipalities in the state, like Sevastopol, were able to transfer funds to the local school district to cover some of their added expenses due to the pandemic.

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