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Barnstable County was allocated $41.3 million in the federal ARPA legislation, efforts are now underway on a process for decisions on disbursement of those funds

February 1, 2022 (BARNSTABLE, MA) – Barnstable County has extended the public comment period giving the public additional time to voice their priorities for expenditure of the $41.3 million ARPA grant funds to be received by County government from the U.S. Treasury.

Public comments will be accepted until 11:59 PM on Friday, February 11, 2022.

Public Comment Period

Residents have several ways to provide their feedback:

Barnstable County Board of Regional Commissioners’ Priorities:

At their November 10, 2021, meeting, the Commissioners voted unanimously to indicate the following priorities, in rank order, for use of Barnstable County’s allotment of ARPA funds:

  1. Invest in water, sewer, or broadband infrastructure.
  2. Fund public health system costs associated with the COVID response, and other costs and related capital investments necessary to strengthen the public health system of the County and its towns.
  3. Fund projects targeting the negative economic impacts of the COVID pandemic on households, small businesses, non-profits, impacted industries, and disproportionately impacted communities.
  4. Fund proposals to replace lost public sector revenue; Provide premium pay to employees providing essential work during COVID-19.

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Sonja Sheasley, Communications Manager
(508) 375-6896