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Commissioners Looking for Public Input on Millions in COVID-19 Relief Funding

Before the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners vote on the next round of spending in the $50 million American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) COVID-19 relief funding, they want to hear the community’s thoughts on prioritizing the funding. There will be a public input session hosted by County Commissioners for each district. Community members can attend any meeting they choose, regardless of district. Additional public comment time during regularly scheduled Commissioners meetings will be allocated for those organizations that have already submitted ARPA applications. Commissioners will also hold a listening session for Buncombe County departments and programs that submitted applications.

On Aug. 31, the Board of Commissioners approved the initial slate of $11.3 million for County investment projects that meet community needs head-on as the first in a series of rounds of COVID Recovery Funding projects will help with short- and long-term goals while addressing ongoing pandemic-related needs across Buncombe County. Commissioners have already reviewed nearly 150 project proposals along with more than 7,600 survey responses from the public.

American Rescue Plan Act Funding Public Input Session for Buncombe County District 1 with Live Spanish Interpretation

American Rescue Plan Act Funding Public Input Session for Buncombe County District 2/3 with Live Spanish Interpretation

American Rescue Plan Act Funding Public Input Session for Buncombe County District 2/3 with Live Spanish Interpretation

For more information about ARPA funding in Buncombe County including examples of allowable projects, click here.