Nebraska City exploring how to use American Rescue Plan Act funds

NEBRASKA CITY – Nebraska City commissioners discussed Monday how to make best use of funds through the American Rescue Plan Act.

The city expects to receive up to $1.3 million in federal funds and will have to provide accounting and progress reports, if the money is accepted.

City Administrator Lou Leone said there are limits on the use of the funds. He said funds are available for workforce and affordable housing, and for costs of emergency services, such as fire, police and rescue.

He said the funds are not to be used to pay down debt or provide direct tax relief.

The Platte Institute offered its recommendation to state leaders regarding the $5 billion allocated to Nebraska.

The new round of federal aid should be spent transparently to promote public health, expand needed infrastructure and to help businesses most affected by the pandemic, according to the Institute’s March article.