Here’s How Escambia Residents Prioritize Spending $61.7 Million In Rescue Plan Funds

October 9, 2021

Escambia County citizens were recently asked how the county should prioritize the spending of $61.7 million in American Rescue Plan funds.

The ARP includes $61.7 million in direct local recovery assistance for Escambia County. The first half of the county’s award has been received, totaling $30.9 million. The second half is comparable and will arrive approximately one year after the first payment. The funds must be allocated by the end of 2024 and expenditures completed by the end of 2026.

There were 495 people that responded to the survey out of Escambia County’s adult population of about a quarter million.

Respondents prioritized expenditures as below:


7 Responses to “Here’s How Escambia Residents Prioritize Spending $61.7 Million In Rescue Plan Funds”

  1. JW on October 12th, 2021 2:45 pm

    Maybe the bill and other bills that were meant for COVID relief would have gotten more bipartisan support had the bill actually contained predominant actual COVID relief needs instead of a typical Washington bill full of waste and pork.

  2. Bigblock345 on October 11th, 2021 4:54 am

    @Bill. Maybe you need to put your reading glasses on and read Denny’s comment again.

  3. Dan on October 9th, 2021 11:39 pm

    Where/when was this vote for how to spend the money announced? This is the first I’ve heard of it. I need to start listening better and in more places

  4. Bill on October 9th, 2021 7:33 pm

    Denny, U must be not thinking clearly today. The three members u listed wanted us to receive NOTHING! Be thankful that was overridden, as they so rudely (Republicans) left us once again high and dry. You can be assured they are receiving their stipends thru numerous lobbyist, we all know that’s a fact. We should be thankful to anyone who made the decision to support our community. Be grateful, and for goodness sake, keep politics out of this…..Politics has nothing to do with how to dispurse these welcomed funds.

  5. Concered on October 9th, 2021 4:08 pm

    We don’t need to keep taking, asking for, or allowing the Govt to continue building by way of hand outs, subsidies and “emergency” funding. Inflation is growing by the day, taxes will be going way up in many ways and what we get got our money is sub par. Limit government to protect our borders and provide the freedoms afforded by our Constitution, nothing more. Given proper leadership, our private sector, and independent work force through a free market can handle all of our country’s needs much better than allowing Big Brother to add to our problems. People think free money is so good, well TANSTAAFL (There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch!)! We can fix our “social” and political issues by maintaining Godly values and principals, starting at home, with our own neighborhoods and communities, then to our cities, counties and states. No Big Government is coming to help us so why keep letting them say they are? Get off the teat and let’s get to work!

  6. David on October 9th, 2021 2:05 pm

    Thank-you to the Democrats! Gatez is a loser.

  7. Denny on October 9th, 2021 10:03 am

    The congressmen we elected to represent us (Republicans Gaetz, Rubio, & Scott) all voted against this, so should we accept this money? If we do, we’re thanking the Democrats who voted for it.

    Look at the ways these funds are proposed to be spent. Is this in line with our values? If so, you’re thinking like a Democrat.

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