Flint will see some much-needed financial help soon.

The City of Flint should be receiving around $94.7 million from the American Recovery Plan soon. The United States Treasury just released the final allocation of money for the nation.

Now the question is, what should the money be used for? Well, Mayor Sheldon Neeley is trying to figure that out now and looking for input from residents in Flint.

These pennies from heaven are truly a blessing. This funding will be a game-changer for our community...Through prayer, planning and partnership, we are working to make sure these dollars are invested in a way that reflects the community’s priorities...said Mayor Sheldon Neeley.

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The City of Flint is not the only area to receive money from the American Recovery Plan either. Genesee County should see around $78.8 million and the State of Michigan should see $6.5 billion.

What are Mayor Neeley's five key priorities for the money?

Last month, Mayor Neeley identified five key priorities to use this money on. Those priorities for the City of Flint are:

  • Public Safety
  • Blight Elimination
  • Job Creation
  • Infrastructure
  • Owner-occupied Home Rehab and Repairs

How can residents weigh in on what happens with the money?

Residents that want to voice their opinion on what to do with the money can do so in several ways.

  • Participate in the online poll/survey regarding Flint funding priorities.
  • Residents can send an email to input@cityofflint.com
  • Written comments can be mailed to:
    • City of Flint Budget Input
    • 1101 S. Saginaw Street Room 203
    • Flint, MI 48502
  • Comments can also be dropped off in the red drop box at the entrance to Flint City Hall.
  • Residents can also call 810-237-2000 to leave their thoughts as well.

Source: ABC 12 

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